A happy ending for the Hawaiian monk seal who was found at Kaena Point to have a hook in her lip.
After a search by volunteers and staff from the NOAA’s monk seal program, the three-year-old female monk seal was found on Wednesday without the hook attached.
The NOAA team checked on her health and mobility to make sure everything was OK.
The monk seal was originally near a rocky area the team couldn’t access.Click here if you want to know how to alert official about a monk seal emergency.
In related news, two Hawaiian monk seals are about to start a new life. They were rehabiliated on Hawaii Island and were flown to Oahu Thursday by the Coast Guard.
The plan is to later release the seals in the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands.
NOAA said there are only 1,100 Hawaiian monk seals in existence, making them one of the rarest marine mammals in the world.