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Seal’s fishhook scare is a success story and call for vigilance

  • CRAIG T. KOJIMA / CKOJIMA@STARADVERTISER.COM
    Benny looked around Friday before making his way to the water at White Plains Beach.
  • CRAIG T. KOJIMA / CKOJIMA@STARADVERTISER.COM
    The Hawaiian monk seal made a full recovery after a 4-inch fishhook was found stuck in his stomach wall, which resulted in a steel wire leader extending up his esophagus and out of his mouth.
  • CRAIG T. KOJIMA / CKOJIMA@STARADVERTISER.COM
    The Hawaiian monk seal made a full recovery after a 4-inch fishhook was found stuck in his stomach wall, which resulted in a steel wire leader extending up his esophagus and out of his mouth.
  • CRAIG T. KOJIMA / CKOJIMA@STARADVERTISER.COM
    The Hawaiian monk seal made a full recovery after a 4-inch fishhook was found stuck in his stomach wall, which resulted in a steel wire leader extending up his esophagus and out of his mouth.
  • CRAIG T. KOJIMA / CKOJIMA@STARADVERTISER.COM
    Once on White Plains Beach on Friday, Benny assessed his surroundings before shuffling out of his cage and toward the shore. The waves hastened his return to sea. The Hawaiian monk seal made a full recovery after a 4-inch fishhook was found stuck in his stomach wall, which resulted in a steel wire leader extending up his esophagus and out of his mouth.

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