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Officials capture monk seal that bit triathletes

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KAILUA-KONA, Hawaii (AP) - A 6-month-old endangered Hawaiian monk seal that bit two men swimming in Kamakahonu Bay has been captured and will be relocated.

West Hawaii Today reports the men are triathletes. One was bitten Tuesday on his knee and the other on his abdomen.

A veterinarian with The Marine Mammal Center, Michelle Barbieri, says the 100-pound male seal had been swimming circles around the men and likely was trying to engage them in play.

The pup is known by a bleach mark on its back. The center recently had taken reports of humans interacting with the seal.

Wildlife officials say they may not release the animal near Kona because it could endanger himself or people.

More than 2,000 triathletes are preparing for the Ironman World Championships on Saturday at Kailua Pier.

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