Third monk seal found dead yesterday

| December 29, 2011 | 0 Comments

The Department of Land and Natural Resources has reported a third monk seal found dead on Molokai.

The Hawaiian Monk Seal Ho'ailona, formerly known as KP2, at the Kaunakakai Wharf. A third monk seal was found dead on Molokai yesterday.


According to DLNR Deputy Director Guy Kaulukukui, the latest dead monk seal was discovered yesterday. This comes just one week after the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration reported the suspicious deaths of two monk seals found on Molokai’s south shore within the past month and a half.

Necropsies on the first two dead monk seals indicated that, “foul play cannot be ruled out,” according to NOAA. A necropsy is being conducted this week on the third seal to determine the cause of death, according to Jeff Walters, Hawaiian monk seal recovery coordinator for NOAA.

These recent deaths come on the heels of NOAA’s attempts to expand the critical habitats for monk seals. This controversial proposal offers new rules that will protect beaches and coastal waters on all the main Hawaiian Islands and expand protected habitat in the Northwestern Islands. On Nov. 7, the NOAA Fisheries Service reopened the public comment period and extended it 60 days until Jan. 6.

Another NOAA monk seal initiative involves a recovery action plan. NOAA wants to consider bringing wild female pup monk seals from the Northwest Hawaiian Islands to live on the main Hawaiian Islands for three years to help the population recover.

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  1. steve says:

    i am disappointed to find this comment section ain’t lit up like times square with EVERYONE on the enlightening island calling for the ala alas of those responsible.

    • If you would like to help and be volunteer and patrol the beaches you can call Diane 5676595 she is the Mammal response coodinator for Molokai.They do patrol the beaches ,and could use more volunteers.Some volunteers have posted flyers around town.And facebook has many comments under (KP2 ),Hoailona Monk Seal.It is very sad and this beautiful island again has be marred by the deaths of these seals.It is ugly and disgusting.

  2. Harry Aki says:

    Hope it is not going create a lot problem for local fishermen. Now we set in the hate.

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