HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - It’s already been towed out to sea twice before, and now it’s back on land.
Officials with the Department of Land and Natural resources say a rotting sperm whale carcass that was originally found at Sand Island is now on the coast near Campbell Industrial Park.
Volunteers from UH’s whale stranding group keeping watch over it. “We are looking for stomach contents, and we have taken some tissue samples which will tell us more about the diet of this whale and where it was roaming,” said Ilse Silva-Krott.
Initially, the carcass was hauled about 15 miles from shore on Jan. 10.
In the days following that, several sharks were seen feasting on the body of the whale, including one of the world’s largest great white sharks known as “deep blue.”
Sharks weren’t the only things attracted to it: Some not-so-smart swimmers were caught on camera climbing and walking on the carcass.
The DLNR says such actions are illegal and “extremely culturally disrespectful.”
The DLNR says it will respond to the Campbell Industrial Park incident next week.