Hammerhead shark carcass washes up on Kailua Beach

Photos provided by DLNR Land Division and Michael Aron Perry.

Photo: DLNR Land Division and Michael Aron Perry

The state Department of Land and Natural Resources removed the body of a hammerhead shark that washed up on Kailua Beach.

It was reported shortly after 8 a.m. Tuesday.

Officials say the shark measured roughly 8.5 feet from the nose to the end of its tail.

While the cause of the shark’s death isn’t known, a small bite was spotted near its tail.

Crews removed the shark from the beach and disposed it at a landfill for public health and safety reasons.

“Decomposing carcasses at the shoreline may attract other sharks to nearshore waters. This is why beaches are sometimes closed when there is a dead whale in the ocean,” explained DLNR spokeswoman Deborah Ward.

Ward says hammerhead sharks are known to pup in Kaneohe Bay during the summer.

They are not considered aggressive animals.

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