Hook likely cause of seal death

Courtesy of National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

Hawaiian monk seal RJ36 died on a Westside beach June 22, likely after ingesting a fish hook.

BARKING SANDS — Wildlife officials almost made it to the beach in time on June 22, when a citizen reported a Hawaiian monk seal in distress near the U.S. Navy Pacific Missile Range Facility at Barking Sands near Kekaha.