Endangered monk seal undergoes CT scan at Hawaii hospital

Endangered monk seal undergoes CT scan at Hawaii hospital
(Image: The Marine Mammal Center)

KAILUA-KONA, Hawaii (AP) - A critically ill Hawaiian monk seal has undergone a CT scan in the hopes of determining the cause of its sickness.

West Hawaii Today reported Wednesday that the 3-year-old female seal, identified as RH38, was in stable but critical condition at Ke Kai Ola Hawaiian Monk Seal Hospital, part of The Marine Mammal Center in Kailua-Kona.

The CT scan was conducted around 6 a.m. April 21 at North Hawaii Community Hospital in Waimea following a week’s worth of planning and preparation.

Officials at the mammal center on the Big Island say the seal is suffering from weakness, infection, broad-scale inflammation and malnutrition and has been receiving care there since March 12 after being transported from Kauai.

The endangered juvenile monk seal is one of only 1,400 alive in the wild.

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