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Monk seal mom and pup in Waikiki require wider berth

  • CINDY ELLEN RUSSELL / CRUSSELL@STARADVERTISER.COM

    Hawaiian monk seal RH58, known as Rocky, and her infant pup were on the shore Monday afternoon at Kaimana Beach in Waikiki. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s monk seal research program will be taking measures to ensure the well-being of the pair and the public’s safety during today’s Fourth of July holiday.

  • CINDY ELLEN RUSSELL / CRUSSELL@STARADVERTISER.COM

    Scientists with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration are asking people in Waikiki to give a Hawaiian monk seal mom and pup another 50 feet of room in addition to the present 50-foot buffer zone — especially when the pup is swimming in the ocean in front of Kaimana Beach. The mother, named Rocky, will give her newborn more independence over the next few weeks as she weans it, but could turn aggressive if humans get too close to the pup.

Rocky the endangered Hawaiian monk seal and her newborn pup have been adjusting to life on Waikiki’s Kaimana Beach and should be fine with tonight’s Fourth of July fireworks. Read more

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