Monk seal hospital caring for malnourished pup rescued from Molokai

  • Sole, a newly admitted male Hawaiian monk seal pup, rests on the pen floor near pool enrichment items during rehabilitation at The Marine Mammal Center’s Ke Kai Ola hospital in Kona, Hawai‘i. Photo credit Sheila Latta © The Marine Mammal Center, NOAA permit #18786
  • Hawaiian monk seal pup Sole nurses with a female monk seal on Molokai prior to the animal’s rehabilitation at Ke Kai Ola.

  • Members of the United States Coast Guard load Hawaiian monk pup Sole onboard a transport helicopter in Honolulu, Hawai‘i, prior to the animal’s rehabilitation at Ke Kai Ola, The Marine Mammal Center’s hospital and visitor center in Kona, Hawai‘i. The Center is grateful to its partners at the U.S. Coast Guard, the National Park Service and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) for their ongoing support in helping to save the endangered Hawaiian monk seal. Photo credit © The Marine Mammal Center, NOAA permit #18786
  • Volunteers and staff from The Marine Mammal Center’s Ke Kai Ola hospital meet members of the United States Coast Guard in Kona to help unload Sole.

  • Ke Kai Ola staff members Megan McGinnis (R) and Tara Speigel (L) carefully tube feed newly admitted male Hawaiian monk seal pup Sole a special formula during rehabilitation at The Marine Mammal Center’s hospital and visitor center in Kona, Hawai‘i. The male pup will continue to receive nutrition in the form of a blended fish mash until he is strong enough to transition to eat whole fish. Photo credit Sheila Latta © The Marine Mammal Center, NOAA permit #18786
  • Newly admitted Hawaiian monk seal pup Sole explores his pen floor during rehabilitation at The Marine Mammal Center’s Ke Kai Ola hospital in Kona. (Photos by Sheila Latta/The Marine Mammal Center)

KAILUA-KONA — A Hawaiian monk seal pup recently rescued on Molokai is now in stable condition at Ke Kai Ola, The Marine Mammal Center’s hospital and visitor center in Kailua-Kona.