Hawaiian monk seal attacked on Kauai gives birth

Published: May. 6, 2016 at 9:23 AM HST|Updated: May. 6, 2016 at 9:25 AM HST
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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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