08/01/14 – DLNR Cancels Public Safety Warning For Windward Oahu WatersPosted on Aug 1, 2014 in Aquatic Resources, News Releases
DEPARTMENT OF LAND AND NATURAL RESOURCES
WILLIAM J. AILA JR,
For Immediate News Release August 1, 2014
DLNR CANCELS PUBLIC SAFETY WARNING FOR WINDWARD OAHU WATERS
Dead melon-headed whale removed from Kailua bay
HONOLULU — The Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) today lifted a public safety hazard warning for waters of Kailua bay, following removal of the carcass of a whale from 300 yards off the boat ramp toward Flat island
“DLNR appreciates the great cooperation with NOAA and Honolulu Ocean Safety lifeguards to monitor nearshore Kailua waters since yesterday afternoon and this morning as well. Fortunately, no sharks were observed today,” said William J. Aila, Jr., DLNR chairperson.
“We appreciate the patience and understanding of our ocean community to observe this safety warning,” Aila said. “We encourage anyone swimming and conducting any ocean activities to exercise continued caution.”
The whale died this morning. An 8 ft long adult or sub-adult melon-headed whale weighing between 500 to 700 pounds was taken to Hawaii Pacific University to investigate the cause of death..
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