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Monk seals Rocky and Buster lounge at Sans Souci Beach

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 9:08 p.m. HST, Dec 9, 2012

Two monk seals took up residence today at Sans Souci Beach near the New Otani Kai­mana Beach Hotel.

Lifeguards taped off the area around the endangered animals so that they wouldn’t be bothered by beachgoers.

The two, Buster, 10 to 12 years old, and Rocky, about 7, frequent the South Shore of Oahu but occasionally swim to the neighbor islands, said Tati Slagle, an intern working the monk seal sighting hotline for the National Marine Fisheries Service.

She said she got a flood of calls starting at about 9 a.m.

The pair are easily identified by tags and by their natural bleach marks, she said.

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