Scientists suspect infection or disease may be why two pygmy whales stranded themselves last week on Maui's Sugar Beach. The two male mammals were euthanized after blood samples indicated they likely could not have survived in the wild.


NOAA Permit #18786 Aimee Lemieux

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration scientists euthanized two pygmy killer whales Tuesday after the mammals stranded themselves on Sugar Beach in Kihei, Maui. It's near where other whales beached themselves last month.


The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is monitoring six pygmy killer whales lingering off Sugar Beach in Kihei, Maui, the same beach where a different group of whales stranded themselves last month.


What’s up with our humpback whales? That’s the question that started to be asked as reports began trickling in across the Pacific that maybe the numbers were smaller than in previous whale watching seasons. We talked to Ed Lyman with the NOAA’s National Marine Whale Sanctuary on Maui about what he was hearing and seeing out in the field.

Saving the Whales: One Net at a Time

Dec 25, 2013
HIHWNMS/ NOAA MMHSRP  permit # 932-1489
HIHWNMS/ NOAA MMHSRP permit # 932-1489

More than 10,000 humpback whales migrate to the islands every winter to give birth in Hawaii’s warmer waters. But this whale season, officials are seeing a spike in entanglements, where whales collide with nets and other fishing equipment. HPR’s Molly Solomon tells us more.