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A dead whale has washed up overnight at Hokio Beach.
“Currently, the tide is nearly full and the carcass is inaccessible. It had been seen offshore since at least last Wednesday,” said a Department of Conservation spokesman.
The cause of death is unknown and the species of whale has not yet been confirmed.
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The Department of Conservation has a ranger on site accompanied by local iwi.
The Department is gathering more resources and will manage the disposal of the carcass when they are able to get access at low tide.
More information will become available as events unfold.