KAHULUI, MAUI (HawaiiNewsNow) - Scientists have confirmed that a whale that beached itself on Maui Christmas day was very sick.
A necropsy completed early Friday morning found that the female dwarf whale was emaciated and suffering from pneumonia. Scientists also discovered ulcers on several of the animal's organs and a few bite marks from cookie-cutter sharks.
There was also a surprise during their testing. Scientists discovered that the whale was pregnant.
More virus tests are underway and are expected to take a few weeks to complete.