Another new monk seal arrives

MAHA’ULEPU — With volunteers ringing up triple-digit hours of service at

Po’ipu Beach Park watching a mother and newborn Hawaiian monk seal, an even

newer arrival came ashore at Maha’ulepu yesterday.

Don Heacock, an aquatic

biologist with the state Department of Land and Natural Resources Division of

Aquatic Biology, erected perimeter ropes around the newest seal

family.

Further, he urged folks to respect the endangered species, which on

this island has shown a propensity to plop down on any inviting stretch of

sand, even the South Shore’s busiest beach.

“We’re going to have to learn

how to co-exist with the monk seals, that’s for sure,” said Heacock, uncertain

whether there will be enough volunteers to also keep an eye on the Maha’ulepu

family.

Meanwhile, the Po’ipu Beach monk pup and its mother have moved away

from the kiddie pool and toward the point. Volunteers and biologists watching

the pair since the pup’s birth last month have reported no serious human

interference with the seals.

The sexes of the newest seals will be

difficult to determine until they get a bit older, Heacock said.

Staff

writer Paul C. Curtis can be reached at 245-3681 (ext. 224) or

pcurtis@pulitzer.net

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