Whale carcass just feet away from the shoreline, DLNR closed off Sand Island Park
The Department of Land and Natural Resources says crews will tow the carcass further out to sea Saturday.
HONOLULU - UPDATE:
After three days of floating close to shoreline waters crews managed to move the massive whale carcass further out to sea.
By 9:30 Saturday morning a team made up of DLNR's Division of Conservation and Resource Enforcement, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and Ocean Safety officials successfully towed the sperm whale carcass.
Officials kept on-lookers out of the water during the process.
"The crew was trying to tie up the whale but there's no tail so they were having trouble," said Lia Mata'afa, a shoreline viewer.
"There were three guys on the jet ski. The life guard jet ski, and there was a small tug boat with about five or six guys out there, but it was the jet ski guys that were the ones trying to hook it up. So they had the hard job," Mata'afa said.
The carcass was first spotted on Wednesday in Kaiwi Channel and then on Thursday moved to waters off Kewalo Basin.
On Friday it ended up at the 'Ewa end of Sand Island Beach Park.
According NOAA officials, the carcass was towed fifteen miles out to sea.
More than fifteen tiger sharks were spotted feeding on a whale carcass about a mile and a half off Kewalo Basin.
The carcass is currently only a few feet away from the shoreline.
The Department of Land and Natural Resources says crews will tow the carcass further out to sea Saturday. Friday's tide is the reason behind the delay -- plus, DLNR says they need strong equipment.
In the meantime, DLNR has put up signs in the Sand Island Park area indicating that it is closed, and that ocean-users are advised to stay out of the water due to the possible presence of sharks.
Scientists say the carcass was first seen in Ka'iwi Channel Wednesday, then it moved west into Kewalo Basin, and later into the Kalihi Channel.