Alleged monk seal attacker arrested

HONOLULU — A 19-year-old Eleele man was arrested Thursday by authorities in connection with the beating of a 17-year old pregnant monk seal.

Shylo Akuna was picked up by Department of Land and Natural Resources DOCARE and NOAA Office of Law Enforcement special agents around 2:30 p.m., just two days after a video showing a man harassing a well-known Kauai monk seal named RK30 began circulating the internet.

That video, and the public outrage that followed, lead to officers to making a quick arrest, said DOCARE Chief Thomas Friel in a press conference Thursday.

Read tomorrow’s edition of The Garden Island for more coverage.

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