Ailing Hawaiian monk seal found

An ailing Hawaiian monk seal from Molokai was found around 6 p.m. Thursday in the Kalaupapa area, advocacy groups said.

The female yearling was severely malnourished and dehydrated when volunteers arrived, and was airlifted by a commercial air carrier to the Waikiki Aquarium for assessment and treatment.

The seal is in stable condition, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration officials said.

Another female seal, which frequents the Olowalu area, was accidentally hooked by a fisherman last week and is still being sought.

Anyone who has information about the seals’ whereabouts should call the NOAA Fisheries Monk Seal Hotline at (888) 256-9840. Photos of the hooked seal can be found on DLNR’s website at