5 Pilot Whales Dead After Beaching Event on Kaua‘i, Hawaii, USA
Photo By Hawaii DLNR
On Friday morning, Oct. 13, several pilot whales beached themselves onto a beach on the north side of Nawiliwili Harbor on Kaua‘i.
NOAA Fisheries, the US Coast Guard, Kaua‘i County Fire and Police Departments and the DLNR Divisions of Aquatic Resources and Conservation and Resources Enforcement joined concerned community members and native Hawaiian cultural practitioners to respond to the beaching event and attended to two Pilot whales that died on Kalapaki Beach.
Kaua‘i County provided heavy machinery to lift the deceased stranded whales off the beach and onto truck trailers provided by DOCARE. The whales were then taken to an undisclosed location where autopsies continued into the night.
At 8:30 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 13, NOAA reported that five Pilot whales were reported as beaching themselves on Kaua‘i, more than the two from earlier. Officials with DLNR say post-mortem’s on all five whales are being conducted to try and determine the cause of death.
The whales were first noticed by an off duty Coast Guard member who was out surfing. Station personnel immediately called the local NOAA representative on Kaua‘i for direction and response. Coast Guard personnel were directed to monitor the whales and prevent anyone from touching them prior to the arrival of the NOAA staff within 15 minutes.
Courtesy of mauinow.com