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Whale carcass towed to Heeia Kea harbor

Published On: Oct 25 2013 03:25:00 PM HST

A big, rotting, sperm whale carcass closes part of Heeia Kea Boat Harbor.

HONOLULU -

Cates International has been contracted by the state to remove the whale carcass off of the reef at Kualoa Regional Park.

The carcass was towed to Heeia Kea small boat harbor where it will be processed and removed Saturday morning.

The Ocean Safety officials and crews with the Honolulu Fire Department are warning swimmers and beachgoers to stay out of the water at Kualoa Regional Park due to the sperm whale carcass.

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The state Department of Land and Natural Resources had been talking with city officials on Friday to decide whether Kualoa Regional Park should be closed due to the carcass.

The carcass was reported to be 12 miles from shore on Wednesday.  On Thursday, it got about 5 miles from the shoreline.

DLNR says as it gets closer to shore, it could be a major safety hazard.

The carcass is attracting a lot of fish, and that's attracting some fishermen.  But the whale is also attracting sharks.

Ocean Safety put up signs along the beach and is advising people by jet ski that several sharks are feeding on the carcass.

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