Photos provided by 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.