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Coast Guard flies sick monk seal from Hawaii island to Oahu

By Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 06:49 p.m. HST, Feb 01, 2013

The Coast Guard says it flew a sick Hawaiian monk seal from Kailua-Kona to Honolulu for medical care this morning. 

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration monk seal recovery coordinator Jeffrey Walters said today the male seal was having trouble breathing but scientists couldn’t diagnose him in the field. 

They decided it was necessary to bring him in for a health assessment and treatment. The seal is now at the Waikiki Aquarium where veterinarians will examine him. 

The Coast Guard says safeguarding marine mammals is one of its missions. 

The Hawaiian monk seal is a critically endangered species. There are only 1,100 remaining and their population is declining 4 percent per year.

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Lavakane wrote:
"The Coast Guard says safeguarding marine mammals is one of its missions". Does human life come second to the seals? There is a diver missing off of Honaunau on the Big Island but no mention of Coast Guard participation in the search. Must be because their people were transporting the Monk seal to Honolulu.
on February 1,2013 | 06:00PM
Dizzle wrote:
The U.S. Coast Guard 110-foot Cutter Kiska and an MH-65 Dolphin helicopter assisted in the search, according to the Coast Guard District 14 office in Honolulu. The Coast Guard also deployed drift buoys indicating the current was flowing northward, Kosaki said. Search efforts for the man will resume at first light today, Kosaki said. The search is expected to continue through Sunday.
on February 2,2013 | 07:54AM
Ronin006 wrote:
Lavakane, you just don’t get it. Hawaiian monk seals are endangered; humans are not. You should be more outraged about the Coast Guard giving preference to a religious seal in violation of the US Constitution.
on February 2,2013 | 08:57AM
BadBingo wrote:
Poor thing. He looks so sick. Hope he gets better.
on February 2,2013 | 02:56AM
Pookie_Baby wrote:
I wonder what was the price tag on that ordeal?
on February 2,2013 | 05:55AM
Maneki_Neko wrote:
Funny that the Coast Guard could not stop guys on surfboards from blocking the Superferry. I guess these shallow water sailors should stick to monk seal transport and nurturing rather than bigger issues, eh?
on February 2,2013 | 01:12PM
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