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Researchers spot pod of orcas off Kauai

A team of marine researchers was treated to the unusual sight of a small pod of orcas off Kauai during the weekend.

"It’s so rare to have killer whales in Hawaii," said Robin Baird, a research biologist with the Cascadia Research Collective based in Olympia, Wash.

The whales appeared at about 9 a.m. Sunday in the channel between Kauai and Niihau where Baird and other Cascadia scientists are conducting a three-week project for the Navy to gauge the effect of sonar training on various species of marine mammals.

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