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Monk seal pup that drew crowd in Waikiki for weeks moved to new location

A Hawaiian monk seal named Kaiwi and her pup Lolii were seen on Kaimana Beach for several weeks.
A Hawaiian monk seal named Kaiwi and her pup Lolii were seen on Kaimana Beach for several weeks.(Hawaii News Now/file)
Published: Jun. 11, 2021 at 6:15 AM HST|Updated: Jun. 11, 2021 at 7:01 AM HST
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HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - He drew a crowd in Waikiki for weeks but now, Lolii ― the Hawaiian monk seal pup at Kaimana Beach ― has been moved.

This week, Lolii turned six weeks old and marine biologists say that is about the age when young seal pups are usually weaned by their mothers.

His mother, Kaiwi, gave birth this spring and the two made Oahu’s south shore their temporary resting spot, attracting crowds of adoring fans.

During that time, Lolii has been learning all the monk seal essentials like swimming and feeding himself. The pair has also had some close calls with spectators and their animals at Kaimana Beach.

NOAA experts captured the pup and moved him to an undisclosed location Thursday morning.

The move was even more necessary as Lolii’s mother decided to up and leave Tuesday, which is what they do.

Experts say it’s important that Lolii, at this critical time, is far from humans so that he doesn’t get too comfortable around people.

NOAA officials have also set him up with ID tags and a satellite tracker to monitor his movements. They’ll watch over him at his new home for the next few months.

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