(KHNL) A dead whale that washed up on a Windward Oahu beach is causing quite a stink.
It's a blob of blubber lying on the beach. So badly decomposed that even experts aren't even sure what kind of whale it used to be. They do know it was a great whale - most likely a humpback or a sperm whale.
One that died several weeks ago before the carcass was partially eaten by sharks and then washed up on shore.
Meanwhile for those on shore , like Jim and Joyce Sweeney , who arrived here to celebrate their wedding anniversary. They can overlook the dead whale and still see the beauty of the beach....that is , as long as the wind is blowing away from them. "It's a little smelly depending on which way the wind blows -- it can be delightful or putrid" says Jim Sweeney.
So what does over five thousand pounds of rotting whale flesh smell like?
" It smells like a million dead dogs - it smells so bad...i've never smelled anything like it" says Wyatt Mikelson , a beach goer.
Surprisingly , not everyone was as repulsed by this rotting carcass on the beach. "It does smell a little bit but not bad....course being from san francisco - it's a normal kind of smell....fish smell" says Jill Sprague , a San Francisco resident visiting here.