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Hawaiian monk seal RS10 returns to the ocean
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Honolulu Star-Advertiser: Rescued Hawaiian Monk Seal Pup Returns to Ocean, Hook-Free

April 9, 2024
  • Species conservation
  • Entanglement
  • Ocean trash

Published in the Honolulu Star-Advertiser: April 9, 2024

A Hawaiian monk seal pup that swallowed a fishing hook is now hook-free and swimming in the ocean off Kauai.

Monk seal RS10 made a speedy recovery after experts rescued him and removed the hook, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric and Administration, which oversees the endangered seals.

Kauai volunteers on March 16 spotted the 8-month-old seal with about 30 feet of fishing line trailing from his mouth.

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