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Dead Honu at Five Caves / Five Graves

Discussion in 'Hawai'i' started by Shaka Doug, Mar 23, 2012.

  1. Shaka Doug

    Shaka Doug Contributor

    # of Dives:
    Location: Kihei, Maui, Hawaii 96753, middle of the 808!

    Does anyone know anything about the dead sea turtle in the cave at Five Caves? It's been there for a while now... at least a couple of weeks. I thought it would have either decomposed or been eaten by worms and scavengers by now but it's taking a long time. It appears that it suffered from the papilloma virus and maybe the entire body was full of the tumors / growths. The site of it is pretty ugly and the shell has broken into many pieces. Some bones are piling up and they resemble moose antlers.

    Is it illegal to collect the bones? Would there be any chance of transferring the virus from this dead animal to living turtles (or humans)? Anyone have any thoughts?


    Shaka Doug
  2. gkndivebum

    gkndivebum Contributor

    # of Dives:
    Location: Kona, Hawaii
    Contact your local DAR office - they may want to perform a necroscopy.
  3. Al Mialkovsky

    Al Mialkovsky Scuba Instructor

    # of Dives: I'm a Fish!
    Location: Butte Falls Oregon
    What a shame Doug. I found one up at Honolua a few years back. I pulled it up on shore and let the authorities know. Just didn't seem right to leave it down there since it also had tons of tumors on it. So far all I caught was a case of grumpy. But I may have had that going in.
  4. santy2506

    santy2506 Contributor

    You should report it...587-0077
  5. Shaka Doug

    Shaka Doug Contributor

    # of Dives:
    Location: Kihei, Maui, Hawaii 96753, middle of the 808!
    Thanks for the advice Santy. I called just now and gave the info. They say that NOAA may try to follow up on it. Now I guess we just wait to see what happens. This turtle isn't going anywhere anytime soon.


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