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Monk seal gives birth to first pup of 2015

Honey Girl and her pup (Image courtesy: NOAA) Honey Girl and her pup (Image courtesy: NOAA)
HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) -

A monk seal named “Honey Girl” gave birth Wednesday on Oahu's North Shore.

The pup, dubbed P01, is the first known seal born in the main Hawaiian islands this year, but it's Honey Girl's ninth pup overall. The gender is unknown.

Honey Girl was found near death at Sunset Beach in November 2012 with a fish hook in her cheek and with a tongue that was badly infected.

Volunteers are watching the seal and her pup to make sure people keep their distance.  Volunteers are needed! To help watch over mama and baby you can email: sealonthebeach@gmail.com

If you don't have access to a computer – call Dana at 393-5043.

Scientists say there are about 150 to 200 monk seals in the main Hawaiian islands and each year, and 10 to 15 of them are accidentally hooked by fishermen.

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