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Seal pair move on

PO’IPU—It’s gone.The Hawaiian monk seal pup born that was born July 6 at

Po’ipu Beach Park and became a celebrity to Kaua’i residents and visitors has

been relocated to another beach on the island.

Brad Ryon, a marine

biologist who helped monitor the pup’s progress, said its mother gradually

weaned the pup and left it for good Sunday. Early Monday, the pup was moved to

a secluded spot protected from rough surf.

Ryon said the location is being

kept secret to protect the pup, but volunteers continue to keep an eye on

it.

Officials and volunteer monitors had expected the mother’s departure

since last Thursday, when the standard six-month nursing period ended. After

that, mother seals leave their offspring.

By occupying a popular beach, the

Po’ipu pair gave the public a rare closeup of the beginning of a Hawaiian monk

seal’s life and a mother-pup relationship. The National Marine Fisheries

Service closed parts of the beach to humans and dogs to keep the seals safe.

The seals, an endangered species, are rarely seen among the main Hawaiian

islands. But this year, three were born on Kaua’i, including one just a few

weeks old that remains with its mother at Maha’ulepu. Another was born on

Kalaupapa.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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