Hawaiian monk seal swims 1,300 miles from Kure Atoll to Oahu in record time

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HONOLULU (KHON2) — A Hawaiian monk seal swam all the way from the Kure Atoll at the Northwestern Hawaiian islands to Oahu’s north shore.

NOAA says that 26-year-old KG54 swam that 1,300 miles in about a month. NOAA says other monk seals took several years to complete that distance.

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NOAA researchers say that KG54 was seen resting on the beach in the park near RN58 on Saturday, Sept. 25.

RN58 is also referred to as Luana. Luana is an 8-year-old female seal.

KG54 has been nicknamed Huaka’i. That translates to traveler, journey, or path taken.

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Researchers believe a monk seal’s ability to island-hop has helped its population slowly rebound.

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