Crews to remove whale carcass on Kaneohe Bay reef

Updated: Dec. 29, 2017 at 5:47 PM HST
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(Image: Lauren King)
(Image: Lauren King)

KANEOHE, OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow) - A whale carcass has been spotted in Kaneohe Bay, and officials say it's likely the same one that was dragged out to sea from waters off Oahu's North Shore earlier this week.

The 35-foot carcass is that of an adult humpback whale, and is badly decomposed.

It washed onto a near-shore reef at Kaneohe Marine Corps Base Hawaii on Thursday night.

The state Department of Land and Natural Resources said there's a good possibility this is the same carcass that was first seen off the beach at Haleiwa earlier this week.

"It's very decomposed at this stage and it's in two pieces. The head region has broken off at this point from the body," said Kristi West, whale and dolphin stranding director for the University of Hawaii.

That carcass was towed 8 miles offshore by a private dive company, but officials say ocean currents may have brought it back to shore at Kaneohe.

The state said a local salvage company will work to remove the carcass from the reef and bring it to shore.

This story will be updated.

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