Endangered monk seal hooked once again off West Oahu

RN58, endangered Hawaiian monk seal popularly named Luana
RN58, endangered Hawaiian monk seal popularly named Luana
X-ray scan of fish hook previously swallowed by RN58
X-ray scan of fish hook previously swallowed by RN58

WAIANAE, OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow) - An endangered Hawaiian monk seal that recently underwent surgery to remove a fishing hook she had swallowed was hooked once again in waters off West Oahu this week.

RN58, a young female monk seal more popularly nicknamed 'Luana,' underwent emergency surgery earlier this month to remove a fish hook she had swallowed. She was released back into the wild after the successful operation.

But after she returned to waters off West Oahu, Luana had a fish hook lodged in her cheek near Kaena Point on Tuesday.

An alert fisherman cut the line, and volunteers were able to remove it on Wednesday.

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