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Fishermen urged to report hooked Hawaiian monk seals

By Associated Press


State and federal officials are asking fishermen to quickly call a hotline when they see a hooked or entangled Hawaiian monk seal.

Authorities have responded to 13 seal hookings so far this year, including three that killed seals.

Federal and state monk seal responders were able to remove the hooks in seven of the cases because people reported the hookings early. One seal removed the hook itself. Another seal is still hooked but alive.

The most recent hooking involved the seal RK54, who swallowed a hook, became entangled in a fishing line and died. His carcass as found near Kauai's Ninini lighthouse last Tuesday.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration hotline for reporting hooked or entangled seals is 1-888-256-9840.

Hawaiian monk seals are an endangered species.

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quint34 wrote:
No such thing as Hawaiian seal. No legends, no amakua, no petroglyphs. These are imported troublemakers that give people jobs
on October 8,2012 | 07:11AM
livinginhawaii wrote:
So where did the name "ʻIlio-holo-i-ka-uaua" come from? Micronesia? Try tracing back the roots of this name.
on October 8,2012 | 07:24AM
HImonkseal wrote:
This is an often repeated statement but no matter how loudly or often it is said it will never be true. Many kupuna acknowledge that monk seals are in the kumulipo (Hawaiian creation chant), some families have them as their aumakua, remains have been found in archaeological digs, and reports of seals are in old Hawaiian language newspapers on other sources. I have often asked and never received a response to the following: if monk seals were imported to the Hawaiian Archipelago..where did they come from? There is nothing like a Hawaiian monk seal anywhere else in the world..even their closest relative the Mediterranean monk seal is very different. Repeating this misconception just prevents work on finding solutions to the real issues from happening.
on October 8,2012 | 01:07PM
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