By Rosemarie Bernardo firstname.lastname@example.org
April 15, 2016
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Kevin Deininger, a U.S. Coast Guard loadmaster, smiled at one of seven endangered Hawaiian monk seals that were transported to Honolulu from Kailua-Kona on Thursday. The seven seal pups were found either abandoned or malnourished and were rescued by federal officials and then rehabilitated at a marine mammal hospital on the Big Island. The trip was the first leg of their journey back to their native Northwestern Hawaiian Islands.
One of the seals awaits takeoff in Kailua-Kona
Coast Guard and NOAA officials unloaded an endangered Hawaiian monk seal Thursday after a flight from Kailua-Kona to Honolulu. Inset, one of the seals awaits takeoff in Kailua-Kona.
COURTESY MARINE MAMMAL CENTER / NOAA PERMIT 18786
Rehabilitated female monk seal Puka enters an animal carrier in Kailua-Kona in preparation for transport to Honolulu. Rescued in September, Puka spent six months at The Marine Mammal Center’s hospital, where she gained more than 150 pounds.