KAHULUI – Early this morning Ocean Safety officials located a decomposing 10 foot-long baby whale carcass, about 100 yards offshore of Ka’a point, also known as “Kite Beach”, near Kahului airport in Kanaha. A 10 foot-long tiger shark was seen feeding on the carcass.
At about 5:40 pm Monday, a fire department Hazmat team was called to investigate a possible oil slick outside of Kahului Harbor. They could see an object and what appeared to be an oil sheen trailing from it about 400 yards outside of the east breakwater of the harbor, but couldn’t determine what it was. About that time, the Pride of America cruise ship was making its way out of Kahului Harbor, so State Harbor’s officials contacted the cruise ship’s bridge to see if they could identify the object and source of the slick. The ship’s captain relayed that it was a dead whale and sharks were feeding on it.
Ocean Safety officials have been conducting patrols by watercraft this morning and warning beachgoers of the higher shark presence in the area between the Hale Nanea clubhouse on Amala Pl. and the eastern most part of Kanaha Beach Park.
The Department of Land and Natural Resources, Ocean Care Division is arranging for the removal of the decomposing carcass.