Kaimana the monk seal is snagged by another hook

Updated: Jan. 3, 2018 at 4:45 PM HST
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By Kimi Andrews
HNN Intern

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Oahu's most famous monk seal needed a little help this week.

Kaimana, named after the beach where she was born, had a 1-inch hook stuck on her mouth.

A member of Hawaiian Marine Animal Response spotted Kaimana along Malaekahana beach Tuesday with the hook lodged in the left side of her cheek.

A team of volunteers removed the hook, and the monk seal is reported to be just fine.

Kaimana has been spotted swimming around the North Shore area Wednesday and appears to be in good health.

It's the second time that Kaimana has become hooked.

On average, NOAA is informed of about around 12 seal hookings per year throughout all of the Hawaiian Islands.

In September, she was spotted with a treble hook and lure stuck in her lower lip. She was able to shake it free.

"We are asking people to be more mindful of [the monk seals] and give them their space," said David Schofield, NOAA Regional Marine Mammal Response coordinator. "If you see a seal coming by your line or your bait, remove that from the situation. Remove the temptation for the seal to take an unnatural food source."

To report a hooked monk seal, or any other marine mammals in danger, call the Marine Mammal Hotline at 888-256-9840.

Kaimana was born in Waikiki last summer, drawing crowds to spot the monk seal and her mother on the beach.

She was subsequently moved to an undisclosed beach on Oahu.

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