the republic logo

Hawaiian monk seal back in the wild after surgery removes fishing line, hook from stomach

bug
Share/Save/Bookmark

HONOLULU — National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration scientists have sent back to the wild an endangered Hawaiian monk seal that recently had surgery to remove a fish hook from his stomach.

The seal known as RE-74 headed straight for the ocean after being released from a cage at White Plains Beach on Oahu Friday.

The 12-year-old male seal was found with a fishing line coming out of its mouth on Dec. 29. An endoscopy discovered a hook embedded in his stomach.

A team of veterinarians removed the fishing line and hook on New Year's Eve.

The seal was born on Kipukai Beach on Kauai. He's spent most of his time on Oahu in recent years.

Hawaiian monk seals are a critically endangered species. Their population is declining about 4 percent annually.

Think your friends should see this? Share it with them!

Story copyright 2015 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Feedback, Corrections and Other Requests: AP welcomes feedback and comments from readers. Send an email to info@ap.org and it will be forwarded to the appropriate editor or reporter.


We also have more stories about:
(click the phrases to see a list)

Category:

Follow The Republic:

All content copyright ©2015 The Republic, a division of Home News Enterprises unless otherwise noted.
All rights reserved. Privacy policy.