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Officials trying to find monk seals that need help

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 5:18 p.m. HST, May 16, 2013

State conservation officials and monk seal advocacy groups are looking for two Hawaiian monk seals that need help.

On Maui, a monk seal seen near Olowalu has a fish hook lodged in its neck.

Another emaciated monk seal was seen near Kalaupapa on Molokai.

Anyone seeing either monk seal  is asked to call the monk seal hotline at 888-256-9840.

State land board chairman William Aila held a news conference today asking for the public’s help in locating the monk seal with the fish hook.

Aila said once the monk seal is found, state conservation workers plan to capture it and remove the hook.

Pat Wardell, President of the Monk Seal Foundation, said her group wants to bring the sick and malnourished monk seal to the Waikiki Aquarium for a helath assesment and treatment.

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