Hawaiian monk seal spotted at Hanauma Bay

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HONOLULU (KHON2) — Hanauma Bay has been closed since March but it did get a little visitor this past weekend.

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This Hawaiian monk seal was seen enjoying an empty bay on Sunday which has slowly become a common sight in recent months since the bay has been closed.

Another monk seal was spotted swimming in the bay in July.

The group Friends of Hanauma Bay says the six-month closure has drastically improved conditions at the bay, and they’d like it to stay that way.

“It’s closest to what a marine life conservation district is supposed to be, said Lisa Bishop, Friends of Hanauma Bay president.”It’s only six months since it’s been closed. It’s just. it’s night and day difference.”

There are several measures being considered at the Honolulu City Council that would create a reservation system when the bay reopens, and increase the fees for visitors.

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