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Hawaii Island police located a 20-year-old male from Ocean View who was wanted for questioning in an auto accident that occurred in March.
Kaimanu K. Medeiros-Dancel was found Monday evening, police said.
Pup seal spotted with knife; but all OK
A Hawaiian monk seal pup named Manu‘iwa, recently weaned from its mother on a Hawaii Island beach, was spotted recently playing with a discarded knife.
Officials are using the opportunity to remind the public about safely disposing trash.
Staff from Ke Kai Ola, a hospital operated by The Marine Mammal Center at Kailua-Kona and officers from the DLNR Division of Conservation and Resources Enforcement (DOCARE) have been monitoring the pup’s health and growth.
Last Sunday, the people observing the seal spotted it playing with a bright orange object in its mouth. As they watched the seal dive beneath near-shore rocks and come back up they realized Manu‘iwa was holding a knife in its mouth by its handle.
Eventually, the seal dropped the knife under the rocks and it was later retrieved.
Animal experts say that it’s critical for young seals not to have human interactions so they can learn to be wild animals, especially after they’ve weaned from their moms and are on their own.
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