Whale in distress may attract sharksUPDATED 12:43 AM HST Aug 01, 2014Video Transcript
A warning to Stay out of the water... That's the message for anyone going to Kailua Beach. Good Evening I'm Kenny Choi... Yunji De Nies has the night off. KITV4's Brenton Awa here to tell us why... ..Brenton? Kenny -- it's because there's a mellon-headed whale in distress out by flat island. It's about 9-feet-long -- a thousand pounds and officials say it could die overnight and could also attract sharks. It's what some say was a sad scene at Kailua Beach. This mellon headed whale was found swimming in circles for hours. That's all it could do and no one could help. Officials from NOAA were on hand to monitor the situation -- early reports said there were two false killer whales in the area. 1455 "THE WHALE HAS BEEN SWIMMING ON ITS SIDE SO YOU SEE THE PECTORAL FLIPPER AND THE TAIL FLUTE AND SO PEOPLE MAY HAVE MISTAKEN THAT AS TWO DORSAL FINS FOR TWO WHALES BUT WE'VE CONFIRMED ITS ONLY ONE WHALE." It's actions were intriguing ocean goers ... Including paddlers who got right up next to it. 938 "HE LOOKED CONFUSED AND... HE LOOKED CONFUSED." 952 "HE WAS LAYING ON HIS SIDE AND IT KIND OF LOOKED LIKE HE WAS IN TROUBLE. HE WAS KIND OF LIKE LIFE IS IN THE WAKE." But then... 921 "HE MUST'VE SENSED THAT WE WERE NEAR BECAUSE HE STARTED SWIMMING TOWARDS US, AND THEN HE CAME RIGHT TOWARD US AND HE BUMPED INTO OUR CANOE." The mammal stayed about 200 yards from the shoreline. That's where a vet from NOAA checked it out but didn't find any visible injuries. The crew watched the mellon headed whale until sundown and plans to come back in the morning. 1518 "THE WHALE MAY STRAND ON THE BEACH. IT COULD PASS AWAY DURING THE NIGHT AND DRIFT OUT TO SEE, THERE IS A WARNING THAT WAS PUT OUT BY THE STATE TO AVOID SWIMMING IN THE AREA." That's because the distressed mammal could attract sharks. This isn't the first time Mellon headed whales have stranded in the area. 1619 "IN THE LAST COUPLE OF YEARS WE'VE HAD TWO OTHER MELLON HEADED WHALES STRANDED IN THE BAY CLOSER DOWN TOWARD THE MARINE CORPS BASE." NOAA says it's still waiting on results to determine why those mellon headed whales washed in. The crew from NOAA doesn't know why today's mellon headed whale's distressed. They do tell us that stranding isn't uncommon in Hawaii though. Officials say if you come across a stranded whale or dolphin your asked to call the number on your screen. Thats -- 8-0-8-2-5-6-9-8-4-0 That's the NOAA Marine Mammal Hotline.