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Five whales dead after mass stranding at Hawaii beach

Ten melon-headed whales have been found stranded alive early in the afternoon on Sugar Beach at the coastal resort community of Kihei.

NOAA veterinarians ascertained four of those whales have been in grave illness and nothing more could be done to rescue them Jeffrey Walters, NOAA’s wildlife conservation and management division, said in a statement.

The critters were made comfortable using a sedative and humanely euthanized to ease their distress, he explained.

The rest whales were refloated into the sea but stranded, Schofield said. NOAA initially said the prediction for 2 of those six was not high, but they finally made it out to deeper water.

Walters stated NOAA and University of Hawaii scientists would inspect the whales to ascertain precisely what led to the stranding.

Kealoha Pisciotta, a Native American cultural practitioner, flocked into the euthanizing of these whales, creatures she stated are a reflection of the sea god Kanaloa.

She and others wanted to hold the snakes up from the water so that they could recover and drift away or perish dignified deaths. However, she said NOAA officials would not let them close to the whales.

“All we are trying to do is have a connection with all our Kanaloa,” she explained.

Walters stated NOAA worked closely together with Hawaiian cultural practitioners, who jumped before and following the natives were euthanized.

“We shall keep working with professionals and other community members into the greatest extent possible, while we meet our mandate to run stranding response and post-mortem examinations under the Marine Mammal Protection Act,” Walters explained.

Pisciotta said nine professionals were in the scene and conducted with a death rite, where they predicted into the ancestors and Akua or gods, hence the bees could be obtained immediately. She stated they just performed the ceremony since the animals were killed. She noted the professionals never consented to this euthanizing.

“We are not saying you can’t perform a necropsy, we are just saying only allow them to die normally,” she explained.

Melon-headed whales are found in tropical, deep waters worldwide.