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Officials are challenged with educating the public about protecting endangered Hawaiian monk seals

Nina Wu
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                                Rocky, a Hawaiian monk seal, basks in the sun Monday on the beach in Waikiki.
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Rocky, a Hawaiian monk seal, basks in the sun Monday on the beach in Waikiki.

COURTESY MARKUS FAIGLE / JULY 24
                                This photo taken from a video shows two men carrying a woman after she was bitten while swimming too close to Rocky, a Hawaiian monk seal. Inset photo shows the seal with her pup, Koalani, at Kaimana Beach in Waikiki.
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COURTESY MARKUS FAIGLE / JULY 24

This photo taken from a video shows two men carrying a woman after she was bitten while swimming too close to Rocky, a Hawaiian monk seal. Inset photo shows the seal with her pup, Koalani, at Kaimana Beach in Waikiki.

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                                Rocky and her baby seal were swimming near the Waikiki Natatorium on July 26
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Rocky and her baby seal were swimming near the Waikiki Natatorium on July 26

CINDY ELLEN RUSSELL / CRUSSELL@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                A sign warns beachgoers to keep their distance from endangered monk seals.
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CINDY ELLEN RUSSELL / CRUSSELL@STARADVERTISER.COM

A sign warns beachgoers to keep their distance from endangered monk seals.

CRAIG T. KOJIMA / CKOJIMA@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                Rocky, a Hawaiian monk seal, basks in the sun Monday on the beach in Waikiki.
COURTESY MARKUS FAIGLE / JULY 24
                                This photo taken from a video shows two men carrying a woman after she was bitten while swimming too close to Rocky, a Hawaiian monk seal. Inset photo shows the seal with her pup, Koalani, at Kaimana Beach in Waikiki.
CRAIG T. KOJIMA/CKOJIMA@ STARADVERTISER.COM
                                Rocky and her baby seal were swimming near the Waikiki Natatorium on July 26
CINDY ELLEN RUSSELL / CRUSSELL@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                A sign warns beachgoers to keep their distance from endangered monk seals.