Dozens of dead baby sharks found at Keehi Lagoon likely dumped

Dozens of dead baby sharks found at Keehi Lagoon likely dumped

Taryn Mitchell and Kimi Andrew
Summer News Interns

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) -- The state is investigating after roughly 75 dead baby hammerhead sharks were found at Keehi Lagoon.

The baby sharks were piled up near La Mariana Sailing Club.

Betty Dunne and her fiancee Samuel Etrata went to see the sharks for themselves Tuesday morning after a friend told them she'd seen them.

After seeing the pile, Dunne and Etrata called the state Department of Land and Natural Resources.

According to the state Department of Land and Natural Resources' Division of Aquatic Resources, the area by La Mariana is a known location for hammerhead pupping and it is pupping season right now.

It is not natural, however, for hammerhead pups to be found ashore in numbers.

The DLNR said that it is possible that the hammerhead pups may have netted and dumped on land by a fisherman, rather than being properly disposed of.

Officials also said they continue to investigate the situation.

Anyone with information is asked to call 643-DLNR.

"It's just sad because these are God's creatures and why somebody would do this is like, why?" Dunne said. "Cause they're mad at what we have to do to get it cleaned up and keep the garbage and everything out of here that doesn't belong."

Etrata works at La Mariana Sailing Club and says he is in the area everyday. Although the area was littered with garbage in the past, the couple had never seen anything like this before.

"It's usually garbage, it's never animals," Dunne said.

DLNR officials said the sharks are on land leased by La Mariana, so the club is responsible for removing the carcasses.

This story will be updated.

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