EXCLUSIVE: Rare dolphin carcass washes up on Maui shoresUPDATED 6:31 AM HST Nov 22, 2013Video Transcript
Good evening, I'm Kenny Choi. And I'm Yunji de Nies. It's giving researchers a few and far between opportunity to learn CRUCIAL information about the species. KITV4's Nana Ohkawa joins us with this KITV4 exclusive. Nana? Kenny, Yunji - this is an incredible opportunity for researchers. They haven't had an incident like this for 25 years! The dolphin... is a "risso's" dolphin... it washed up last Saturday on Maui's North shore. This is video of NOAA volunteers and researchers moving the carcass off the beach. Researchers with the Marine Mammal Stranding Program at Hawaii Pacific University say the dolphin most likely died because of serious medical problems. The male dolphin appeared to be VERY old and sick...with signs of severe disease in its heart, lungs, and stomach. He also had a plastic bag... in his digestive tract...that may have led to his bad health. 515 THIS IS A VERY RARE OPPORTUNITY FOR US TO GET A LOOK AT THE BIOLOGY OF RISSO'S DOLPHINS THAT ARE POORLY KNOWN AND TO GET TO LEARN KNOW WHAT'S THREATENING THEM OUT THERE IN THE WILD 525 This species has been difficult to study because in Hawaii its habitat is far from shore and in deep waters. Scientists will also be doing follow up tests to see if there are SPECIFIC diseases that are impacting the dolphins ...Or HUMAN threats that we can mitigate.. Back in 2007 there was one that was sighted off the shores on Maui, but researchers say a shark came by and it seemed to get a second wind and took off. They never saw that dolphin again.