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HELP NEEDED FROM PUBLIC TO LOCATE DISTRESSED MONK SEAL (MOLOKA‘I)


CONTACT: Trisha Kehaulani Watson                                       Pat Wardell

INSTITUTION: Marine Conservation Institute                       Monk Seal Foundation

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EMAIL: watson@honuaconsulting.com                                   pat@monksealfoundation.org

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HELP NEEDED FROM PUBLIC TO LOCATE DISTRESSED MONK SEAL

 

Emaciated seal would return to Moloka‘i after assessment and treatment on O‘ahu

 

KALAUPAPA, HI (May 16, 2013) – Monk seal advocacy groups are asking for the public’s help to locate a sick and severely malnourished Hawaiian monk seal known to frequent the Kalaupapa area in the county of Kalawao, Moloka‘i. Experts are concerned about her health and want to bring the seal to O‘ahu for assessment and treatment at the Waikīkī Aquarium. The seal would be returned to Kalaupapa after recovery.

 

“The seal we are looking for would appear ill and its ribs or other skeletal features would likely be visible. We are asking people to keep an eye out for this seal in the water or on the beach,” explains Pat Wardell, President of the Monk Seal Foundation, a Hawaii based organization that recently took over management of the monk seal volunteer program on Moloka‘i.

 

“If found the seal would be airlifted to O‘ahu where veterinarians can conduct a health assessment and treat any medical conditions. When the seal recovers, it will be returned to Molokai, ” stated David Schofield, NOAA Fisheries Marine Mammal Response Coordinator.

 

The seal is a female yearling known as RL26. She was born in Kalaupapa in 2012.

 

Public cooperation is essential to monk seal recovery. “We urge the residents of Moloka‘i to help locate this seal,” asks Trisha Kehaulani Watson, the Hawai‘i representative for Marine Conservation Institute. “We have seen how public cooperation and timely treatment can be the difference between life and death for monk seals that are in distress.”

 

The groups have provided a photo of the seal, in which is appears severely malnourished and ill. Anyone that locates this seal or has information on its whereabouts should contact the NOAA Fisheries Monk Seal Hotline at 1-888-256-9840.

 

 

 

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Photo Credit:  NOAA Permit Number 932-1905

Suggested Caption:  This severely emaciated and sick monk seal needs help right away.  Please call the NOAA Fisheries Monk Seal Hotline if you locate it at 1-888-256-9840.

 

About Marine Conservation Institute

 

Marine Conservation Institute is a U.S. nonprofit organization dedicated to protecting marine ecosystems. We work with scientists, politicians, government officials and other organizations in the United States and around the world to fashion solutions to problems affecting marine ecosystems which are long lasting and compatible with sustainable ocean use. Honua Consulting represents Marine Conservation Institute in Hawai’i.

 

About Monk Seal Foundation

The Monk Seal Foundation is a Hawaii based non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation of the critically endangered Hawaiian Monk Seal. We actively work with volunteers, government agencies, and other non-profits to both protect the monk seals and to engage and educate the public.

 

Photo Credit:  NOAA Permit Number 932-1905 Suggested Caption:  This severely emaciated and sick monk seal needs help right away.  Please call the NOAA Fisheries Monk Seal Hotline if you locate it at 1-888-256-9840.

Photo Credit: NOAA Permit Number 932-1905
Suggested Caption: This severely emaciated and sick monk seal needs help right away. Please call the NOAA Fisheries Monk Seal Hotline if you locate it at 1-888-256-9840.

Photo Credit:  NOAA Permit Number 932-1905 Suggested Caption:  This severely emaciated and sick monk seal needs help right away.  Please call the NOAA Fisheries Monk Seal Hotline if you locate it at 1-888-256-9840.

Photo Credit: NOAA Permit Number 932-1905
Suggested Caption: This severely emaciated and sick monk seal needs help right away. Please call the NOAA Fisheries Monk Seal Hotline if you locate it at 1-888-256-9840.

Photo Credit:  NOAA Permit Number 932-1905 Suggested Caption:  This severely emaciated and sick monk seal needs help right away.  Please call the NOAA Fisheries Monk Seal Hotline if you locate it at 1-888-256-9840.

Photo Credit: NOAA Permit Number 932-1905
Suggested Caption: This severely emaciated and sick monk seal needs help right away. Please call the NOAA Fisheries Monk Seal Hotline if you locate it at 1-888-256-9840.

Photo Credit:  NOAA Permit Number 932-1905 Suggested Caption:  This severely emaciated and sick monk seal needs help right away.  Please call the NOAA Fisheries Monk Seal Hotline if you locate it at 1-888-256-9840.

Photo Credit: NOAA Permit Number 932-1905
Suggested Caption: This severely emaciated and sick monk seal needs help right away. Please call the NOAA Fisheries Monk Seal Hotline if you locate it at 1-888-256-9840.

Photo Credit:  NOAA Permit Number 932-1905 Suggested Caption:  This severely emaciated and sick monk seal needs help right away.  Please call the NOAA Fisheries Monk Seal Hotline if you locate it at 1-888-256-9840.

Photo Credit: NOAA Permit Number 932-1905
Suggested Caption: This severely emaciated and sick monk seal needs help right away. Please call the NOAA Fisheries Monk Seal Hotline if you locate it at 1-888-256-9840.

Photo Credit:  NOAA Permit Number 932-1905 Suggested Caption:  This severely emaciated and sick monk seal needs help right away.  Please call the NOAA Fisheries Monk Seal Hotline if you locate it at 1-888-256-9840.

Photo Credit: NOAA Permit Number 932-1905
Suggested Caption: This severely emaciated and sick monk seal needs help right away. Please call the NOAA Fisheries Monk Seal Hotline if you locate it at 1-888-256-9840.

Photo Credit:  NOAA Permit Number 932-1905 Suggested Caption:  This severely emaciated and sick monk seal needs help right away.  Please call the NOAA Fisheries Monk Seal Hotline if you locate it at 1-888-256-9840.

Photo Credit: NOAA Permit Number 932-1905
Suggested Caption: This severely emaciated and sick monk seal needs help right away. Please call the NOAA Fisheries Monk Seal Hotline if you locate it at 1-888-256-9840.

Photo Credit:  NOAA Permit Number 932-1905 Suggested Caption:  This severely emaciated and sick monk seal needs help right away.  Please call the NOAA Fisheries Monk Seal Hotline if you locate it at 1-888-256-9840.

Photo Credit: NOAA Permit Number 932-1905
Suggested Caption: This severely emaciated and sick monk seal needs help right away. Please call the NOAA Fisheries Monk Seal Hotline if you locate it at 1-888-256-9840.

Photo Credit:  NOAA Permit Number 932-1905 Suggested Caption:  This severely emaciated and sick monk seal needs help right away.  Please call the NOAA Fisheries Monk Seal Hotline if you locate it at 1-888-256-9840.

Photo Credit: NOAA Permit Number 932-1905
Suggested Caption: This severely emaciated and sick monk seal needs help right away. Please call the NOAA Fisheries Monk Seal Hotline if you locate it at 1-888-256-9840.

Photo Credit:  NOAA Permit Number 932-1905 Suggested Caption:  This severely emaciated and sick monk seal needs help right away.  Please call the NOAA Fisheries Monk Seal Hotline if you locate it at 1-888-256-9840.

Photo Credit: NOAA Permit Number 932-1905
Suggested Caption: This severely emaciated and sick monk seal needs help right away. Please call the NOAA Fisheries Monk Seal Hotline if you locate it at 1-888-256-9840.

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Nā Mea Hulu is a project by Honua Consulting, funded by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. The goal is to find ways to protect the dwindling monk seal population without impacting the practices and livelihoods of Hawaiians and fisherman.

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