Hawaiian monk seal attacked on Kauai gives birth
LIHUE, KAUAI (HawaiiNewsNow) - The Hawaiian monk seal that was caught on camera being beaten by a man last week on Kauai gave birth on Tuesday.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said RK30 gave birth to a healthy pup at a beach on the Na Pali coast. NOAA added that the 17-year-old monk seal and her pup are doing well.
This event comes just a few days after authorities arrested a 19-year-old man seen in video repeatedly striking the monk seal in shallow waters at Salt Pond Beach.
He faces up to five years in prison and a $50,000 fine.
Hawaiian monk seals are protected under the Endangered Species Act, the Marine Mammal Protection Act, and state law. To harass, disturb or injure a monk seal is a felony crime.
Wildlife officials said RK30 survive many hardships in her lifetime, including shark bites and a fishing line wrapped so tightly around her neck, it permanently scarred her.
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