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Honolulu Star-Advertiser: After Successful Surgery and Recovery, Hawaiian Monk Seal Released Back to the Wild

April 26, 2022
  • Species conservation
  • Entanglement

After successful surgery and recovery, Hawaiian monk seal released back to the wild

Published in the Honolulu Star-Advertiser: April 26, 2022

Another endangered Hawaiian monk seal that accidentally swallowed a fish hook has been released back into the wild after help from veterinarians and volunteers.

Wildlife officials from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said the juvenile, male monk seal RL72 was released back to the wild Thursday on Hawaii island after a successful surgery to remove the hook and his full recovery.

The seal was rescued from Kapalua, Maui after members of the public spotted him with a fishing line trailing from his mouth on March 30. He had been under the care of Ke Kai Ola, The Marine Mammal Center’s Hawaiian monk seal hospital in Kailua-Kona on Hawaii island, for the past two weeks.

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