DLNR: Endangered whale carcass that washed ashore on Kauai has been buried

Beached whale closes Kauai beach
Beached whale closes Kauai beach(Colby Ayonon)
Published: Jan. 31, 2023 at 7:23 AM HST|Updated: Jan. 31, 2023 at 6:15 PM HST
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LIHUE (HawaiiNewsNow) – The state Department of Land and Natural Resources said the beached whale found dead on Lydgate Beach on Kauai was buried Sunday night.

Officials closed the beach Tuesday due to park maintenance.

The area has been closed since Saturday when the 56-foot-long, 60-ton endangered sperm whale washed up on shore.

With the assistance of the Department of Public Works, crews were on-site with heavy machinery to remove debris in the vicinity of Morgan’s Ponds and complete clean-up work.

NOAA fisheries and Native Hawaiian practitioners were present for the clean-up operation on Saturday to ensure cultural protocols were followed.

DLNR officials said a post-mortem exam was conducted, but the whale’s cause of death likely won’t be determined for some time.

Lydgate Beach Park is schedule to reopen to the public on Wednesday.