POSTED: 5:47 p.m. HST, Aug 22, 2012
LAST UPDATED: 10:05 p.m. HST, Aug 22, 2012
PAHOA, Hawaii >> Fire officials say the decomposing carcass of a whale has been spotted off the east coast of Hawaii island.
The fire department was alerted by someone on shore Wednesday of something large floating in the water about a mile off the Hawaiian Beaches subdivision.
A fire helicopter flew over and confirmed it was a 40- to 50-foot-long whale carcass.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has been contacted.