Two triathletes were bitten by a monk seal in Kona while swimming in the ocean Tuesday morning.
Dr. Michelle Barbieri, a veterinarian who works with the monk seal named Kamilo, says one man was bitten on his knee and the other was bit in his side.
Both wounds were small and minor.
Dr. Barbieri says the monk seal was trying to get the triathletes attention while they were swimming in the ocean.
When the men did not respond, the monk seal bit them.
"What he was doing with another seal would have been appropriate had it been another seal but unfortunately during some course of his life around the Big Island its possible that he has been interacting with humans and received some sort of positive feedback and attention for doing so," Dr. Barbieri said.
After the incident, the monk seal was removed from the ocean and is being kept in a confined facility in Kona until they can figure out another area.
Dr. Barbieri says they decided to move the monk seal due to the upcoming IronMan competition happening this weekend.
Due to the partial government shutdown, it may take longer to figure out when and where the monk seal will be released back into the ocean on the Big Island.
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