Seal air-lifted from sanctuary

Courtesy of The Marine Mammal Center

The Marine Mammal Center’s Dr. Sophie Whoriskey, left, Hawaiian monk seal conservation veterinarian, and Megan McGinnis, animal care manager – Hawai‘i operations, board a U.S. Coast Guard C-130 aircraft at Kona International Airport earlier this month, bound for Midway Atoll.

Lauren Van Heukelem, The Marine Mammal Center / NOAA Permit #18786-03

PP08, a weaned female Hawaiian monk seal pup rescued from Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument Refuge, rests during rehabilitation at The Marine Mammal Center’s Ke Kai Ola hospital and visitor center in Kailua-Kona, Hawai‘i Island.

KAILUA-KONA — The Marine Mammal Center admitted an endangered Hawaiian monk seal from Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument at its hospital in Kailua-Kona.