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Seal turns up on Sunset Beach, thousands of miles away from home

By Associated Press


A seal that would normally live in waters around the Aleutian Islands and California has shown up thousands of miles away on a beach in Hawaii.

David Schofield, a marine mammal response coordinator at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, says people found the northern fur seal near Sunset Beach on Oahu's North Shore. It was emaciated, underweight and weak.

Schofield said Wednesday this is the first time on record that a wild fur seal has come to Hawaii. Hawaii's only native seal is the endangered Hawaiian monk seal.

It's not clear how the female visitor, a young adult, got so far south.

The seal doesn't have a tag and it's not clear where she's from. NOAA officials have taken her to the Honolulu Zoo to be cared for.

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al_kiqaeda wrote:
How cool. Add a few millennia and I guess we had front row seats to seeing a new species start.
on August 1,2012 | 09:25PM
BO0o07 wrote:
Why wouldn't a young female not want to vacation in Hawaii?
on August 1,2012 | 09:40PM
Carang_da_buggahz wrote:
What I'm concerned about are any diseases that may be spread to our native Monk Seals that are already in enough trouble as it is, and which may not have developed any immunity to these possible threats.
on August 1,2012 | 11:06PM
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