Home sweet home: Hooked Hawaiian monk seal gets green light for release

  • Hawaiian monk seal R7AF looks back after NOAA and Hawaii Marine Animal Response released him Wednesday on Oahu . The seal received life-saving care for fishing gear ingestion at The Marine Mammal Center’s Hawaiian monk seal hospital and visitor center, Ke Kai Ola, on the Big Island. (NOAA Fisheries (Permit #18786/Special to West Hawaii Today)

  • D. Dr. Gregg Levine (L), veterinarian at The Marine Mammal Center, and Megan McGinnis (R), Animal Programs Manager, examine Hawaiian monk seal R7AF under anesthesia to remove an ingested fishing hook at the Center’s Hawai’i Island based hospital, Ke Kai Ola. Credit Sophie Whoriskey © The Marine Mammal Center_NOAA Permit #18786-03

An endangered Hawaiian monk seal who had ingested fishing gear is back home on Oahu after receiving treatment at The Marine Mammal Center hospital Ke Kai Ola in Kailua-Kona.