HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - A “very large” whale carcass that washed onto a reef in Kaneohe Bay on Tuesday morning will stay where it is ― at least for now.
State and federal officials say the best option is to leave it where it is and hope it doesn’t wash closer to shore.
The whale’s species is not known, and it’s badly decomposed. Officials said the carcass is on a patch reef in the northern part of the bay, about a mile off shore.
State harbor agents are asking commercial tour operators to stay clear of the area because of the potential for sharks.
The beached whale comes in the wake of two separate beachings in recent weeks.
In one incident, a sperm whale carcass came ashore at several spots on Oahu last month, and also attracted sharks offshore. A carcass also washed ashore on Kauai.
This story will be updated.