MOLOKAI (KHNL) - For the second time in weeks, an ocean giant washes ashore on Hawaii, this time the island of Moloka'i's south shore near Kaunakakai.
The whale will be flown here to Oahu from Moloka'i and NOAA officials believe the beaked whale is very very sick, they say it's a race against the clock to keep it alive.
This morning on Molokai's south shore residents spotted something struggling in the water.
"We saw something splashing in the water, big tail. Initially we thought it was attacking a hehemanu," said Molokai Resident Mel Paoa.
It was a 2,000 lb beaked whale. The normal deep sea diving mammal washed up once, was pushed back to sea and then stranded itself again. Dozens of volunteers tried carry it out of the water on a stretcher to save it.
" The animal is very very sick and is likely going to die but we'll wait for the veterinarian to get here, make an assessment and either way the animal will be taken to Oahu," said NOAA Fisheries Spokesman David Schofield.
Using a flatbed truck, the Coast Guard will then transport the whale to Barber's Point.
"A stranding like this is not very common and it's a wonderful opportunity for science," said Molokai Biologist Bill Puleola.