Witnesses claim suspect threw sand, tried to punch pregnant monk seal

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New information has been released about a monk seal attack on Kauai that was caught on camera.

The suspect, Shylo Akuna, 19, appeared in court Monday.

According to court documents, several witnesses reported seeing Akuna throwing sand and screaming at the pregnant monk seal.

“The seal looked like it was getting mad and started ‘barking’ and trying to bite the guy,” one witness reported.

In court documents, witnesses said Akuna chased the seal into the water and tried to punch her.

Akuna was eventually arrested and charged with “taking a monk seal prohibited.” His bail was set at $20,000.

He is expected to return to court Wednesday.

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