HILO, Hawaii (KHNL) – An extremely rare whale that beached itself on Maui earlier this month has died, according to officials at NOAA.
The Blainesville's beaked whale that was flown by Coast Guard transport to a special marine mammal recovery center on the Big Island died Sunday afternoon despite much effort to save its life.
A necropsy of the whale was performed Sunday night and revealed the whale suffered from moderate pneumonia, severe gastrointestinal disease, kidney disease and deteriorating body condition.
Scientists say that no Blainesville's beaked whale has ever successfully been reintroduced to the wild.
The whale beached itself on Aug. 16 near Kihei, Maui. It took 30 volunteers to load the 12-foot long 1,600 pound whale onto a flatbed truck. The whale was then driven to Kahului airport where it was loaded onto a US Coast Guard transport plane.