Research on dead sperm whaleUPDATED 7:25 PM HST Nov 01, 2013Video Transcript
big local stories of the day... The sperm whale found dead off the windward coast a week ago could help us learn VOLUMES about the endangered species... Hawaii Pacific University's mammal stranding team is hard at work examining pieces of that massive carcass.. KITV-4's Nana Ohkawa has this story -- all new at 6... NATS This is all that's left of the 50 foot whale that was being towed into Kaneohe at this time last week... erin hanahoe - stranding coordinator. 1240 WE WERE ABLE TO COLLECT A TOOTH, WE WERE ABLE TO COLLECT BLUBBER WE WERE ABLE TO COLLECT SOME SKIN EVEN THOUGH IT WAS IN A BAD STATE WE WERE ALSO ABLE TO COLLECT KIDNEYS A PORTION OF THE HEART AND DIFFERENT THINGS WE ARE HOPING TO GET SOME INFORMATION FROM 1254 Just pieces... So in THIS lab, each measurement is valuable. EACH tooth reveals rings telling scientists how old the majestic creature was Every remaining inch of carcass helps fill the large gaps of information about sperm whales around Hawaii. 910 THEY DIVE TO THOUSANDS OF METERS UP TO HOURS AT A TIME SO THEY LIVE AN AMAZING LIFE DOWN THERE THIS IS A GLIMPSE FOR US INTO THEIR BIOLOGY AND HOW THEY LIVE 922 They're Difficult to find and study at sea. Even sightings are rare... like these... the coast guards spotted 10 miles off barbers point on Oahu yesterday. Researchers are trying to unlock mysteries of these endangered species: how they live, and also how they die. 1038 THERE ARE PROBLEMS SPERM WHALES FACE LIKE SHIP STRIKES AND ENTANGLEMENTS AND POTENTIALLY VARYING HEAVY POLLUTANT LOADS--THIS IS A CHANCE TO LEARN MORE ABOUT THEM SO WE CAN PROTECT SPERM WHALES. 1057 The gathered data will be sent to experts and the conclusions will be determined in a week or so. A non profit team at the same time has been tagging sperm whales off the big island this past week to learn more about the species.