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Seal pup moved to new home in the wild

  • JIM BORG / JBORG@STARADVERTISER.COM

    Federal wildlife officials and volunteers removed monk seal pup Kaimana from Sans Souci Beach in Waikiki on Saturday.

  • JIM BORG / JBORG@STARADVERTISER.COM

    Kaimana, formally PO3, was born in late June at the beach to mother Rocky, RH58, and the seals have been sensations — on the beach and the internet — in the ensuing weeks.

  • JIM BORG / JBORG@STARADVERTISER.COM

    The team on Saturday brought screens in case they had to “herd” Kaimana, keeping her from going back out to sea. But in the end the extra measures were not needed.

  • JIM BORG / JBORG@STARADVERTISER.COM

    The pup went docilely, if not altogether quietly. She was tagged and vaccinated before being released into the wild at an undisclosed location on Oahu.

Kaimana the monk seal was swept off to her new home Saturday morning with only a few barks of protest. Read more

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