Officials searching for 'hooked' Hawaiian monk seal

Courtesy: NOAA
Courtesy: NOAA

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Officials are asking the public to keep an eye out for an endangered Hawaiian monk seal snagged by a fishing hook.

Officials say this is the second time nine-month-old seal, Kaiwi, has been hooked. The first incident happened on May 5. Kaiwi was captured, de-hooked, then released.

Last week, experts at the Waikiki Aquarium say they euthanized a seal named Sharkbite. They say he was found with a hook lodged in his body.

Another hooked seal named Kolohe has made a full recovery and was released back into the wild on Kauai.

Experts say it is critical for fisherman to notify authorities when they accidentally hook a monk seal.

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