Suspected monk seal attacker indicted on Kauai

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A Kauai man who allegedly attacked a pregnant monk seal last month has been indicted.

Shylo Akuna was indicted Wednesday in Kauai Circuit Court on three counts:

1) Harassing a monk seal, which is a Class “C” felony,

2) Disorderly conduct with intent to cause physical inconvenience or alarm, and

3) Violation of park rules while under the influence of alcohol, narcotics or drugs to a degree that it may endanger oneself or other persons or property.

According to court documents, witnesses reportedly saw Akuna screaming and throwing sand at the seal. They said he also chased her into the water and tried to punch her.

The incident was caught on camera and the video quickly went viral.

Akuna posted $20,000 bail and is expected to return to court later this month.

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