Volunteers still on the lookout for one hooked monk seal

Staff members and volunteers associated with Kaua‘i’s Hawaiian monk-seal program are still seeking the public’s assistance in locating a monk seal believed to have a fish hook stuck in his or her mouth.

Dr. Mimi Olry, Kaua‘i’s marine conservation and monk seal coordinator, recently reported that, following the publication of a report of an entangled Hawaiian monk seal, she received a phone call reporting a hooked seal on last week.

With the help of Don Heacock, DLNR Division of Aquatic Resources aquatic biologist and several monk-seal volunteers, she was able to restrain the seal, and remove the hook.

However, the hooked seal that was reported at the end of last year remains at large, and if people spot it, they should report it by calling 651-7668, she said.

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