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Public urged to stay out of windward Oahu waters where 2 false killer whales are in distress

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HONOLULU — Officials are urging people to stay out of windward Oahu waters because of a pair of false killer whales in appear in distress.

The Department of Land and Natural Resources says the marine mammals pose a potential safety hazard in the area around Kailua and Lanikai beaches.

The department says in a release Thursday night that the two adult false killer whales — a large dolphin species — have been swimming in circles and might attract large predators such as sharks.

The officials are monitoring them and say they could beach themselves or swim back out into the open ocean.

They're urging swimmers and others not to go into the waters through Friday.

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