The whale in distress in Kailua has died.
Ocean Safety and Department of Land and Natural Resources towed the whale's carcass to shore Friday at 10:15 a.m. to Flat Island, just off Kailua Beach.
NOAA officials initially received reports of the melon-headed whale in distress Thursday.
State officials had then issued a warning for people not to enter the waters at Kailua Beach. They believed the approximately nine-foot long, 1,000 pound whale would die and attract sharks to the area.
"For public safety purposes we decided to tow the whale in, get it out of the water before there were sharks drawn to shore. There are a lot of people using Kailua Beach today. We wanted to do the safest thing possible and remove the carcass,” said David Schofield of NOAA fisheries.
The whale was removed around noon and sent to Hawaii Pacific University for a necropsy.
No sharks were seen in the area after the tow, but lifeguards did notify beachgoers of the incident.
Click here for photos of the whale.