HONOLULU (KHON2) — Kewalo Basin Harbor near Ala Moana had an unexpected visitor today. Video captured shows a monk seal swimming and eating in the water.
A monk seal was seen swimming in the harbor area and chomping on something.
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KHON2 decided to send a crew of photographers out there to see if the seal was still around and to capture the adorable creature enjoying a meal.
However, the photographers had no luck in their quest. But, KHON2 asked people in the area and several folks showed us a video of the seal chomping down on what looks like an eel.
The observers of the event told KHON2 that the monk seal had been in and out of the harbor for a couple of hours.
As a result, Kewalo Basin Harbor is asking boaters to be cautious if they see the monk seal around.
So, what do you do when you see a seal eating an eel?
You keep your distance. Monk seals are a federally protected endangered species. It is illegal to touch, taunt, harass, intimidate, corral or otherwise interfere with the life of a monk seal.
You must always keep at least a 50-foot space between you and the seal at all times. If you see a mother seal and her pup, then you must maintain a 150-foot distance between them and you.
On Tuesday, March 28, a large group of visitors were caught on video allegedly harassing and corralling a pod of dolphins off the Big Island.
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Marine life all over Hawai’i is in need of visitors and residents alike to show them and their environment respect.
KHON2 reached out to the harbor and has not heard back.