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Facility to protect monk seals planned for Big Island

Courtesy: NMFS Pacific Island Fisheries Science Center Courtesy: NMFS Pacific Island Fisheries Science Center

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Hawaii's endangered monk seals could be getting a new hospital just for them.

The California-based Marine Mammal Center is in the middle of a fundraising effort to build a facility to treat sick or injured monk seals on the Big Island.

The center has raised about $700,000, but needs over $1 million before it can break ground in Kailua-Kona.

The plans include tanks for raising seal pups.

About 1,200 Hawaiian monk seals remain in the wild.

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