Hawaiian monk seal returns to Oahu following recovery

  • Hawaiian monk seal R7AF looks back after NOAA and Hawaii Marine Animal Response released him on Oʻahu on February 2, 2022. 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 Hawaiʻi Island. Credit: NOAA Fisheries (Permit #18786).

  • Juvenile male Hawaiian monk seal R7AF (previously known as N2) with wire fishing leader and a large swivel protruding from his mouth, Oahu. Credit: NOAA Fisheries (Permit #18786).

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.