Alabama man fined for touching endangered Hawaiian monk seal

LIHUE — Officials say an Alabama man was fined $1,500 for touching a Hawaiian monk seal as well as harassing a sea turtle on Kauai, and then posting the videos on social media.

The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reports the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration says the Alabama resident, who was vacationing on Kauai last year, agreed to pay the fine.

The National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration’s Office of Law Enforcement in Hawaii used the man’s social media accounts to track down his home address.

The Alabama man, in the video posted on Instagram with #monkseals, walks up to a sleeping monk seal on Poipu Beach at night, and strokes it with his hand. The startled seal quickly turns toward him, and he runs away.

Hawaiian monk seals are a critically endangered species.


Information from: Honolulu Star-Advertiser,

  1. Larry August 26, 2018 7:39 pm Reply

    If that were one of us locals, we would be cellmate with bubba 20 years

  2. harry oyama August 26, 2018 9:45 pm Reply

    At least he never tried to mount this sleeping Monk seal for some “tender loving care”.

  3. Chester August 27, 2018 4:38 am Reply

    Glad to hear it

  4. ruthann jones August 27, 2018 6:56 am Reply

    ..the ‘local’ rules on Kauai….stroke a monk seal-go to jail., Kill a haole, i.e. Amber Jackson-skate free!.

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