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Hooked monk seal is rescued and released

  • Video by Bruce Asato and NOAA

    Hawaiian monk seal RW02, nicknamed "Kauai Kolohe," was released back on Oahu's North Shore after a team from NOAA Fisheries successfully removed a barbed hook from the seal's stomach using endoscope technology.

  • COURTESY NOAA

    Hawaiian monk seal RW02 swallowed a hook, line and sinker. A fisherman reported the hooked seal to NOAA, and a team was able to remove the contents from its stomach and release the seal back to the wild on Oahu’s North Shore over the weekend.

  • COURTESY NOAA

    Hawaiian monk seal RW02 swallowed a hook, line and sinker, shown above in an X-ray. A fisherman reported the hooked seal to NOAA, and a team was able to remove the contents from its stomach and release the seal back to the wild on Oahu’s North Shore over the weekend.

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