A Hawaiian monk seal is receiving medical attention on Oahu after swallowing a fish hook.
An HC-130 Hercules airplane crew from Coast Guard Air Station Barbers Point flew the seal over from Kauai Tuesday.
“Coast Guard members in Hawaii take great pride in our unique operational ability to help recover and maintain our nation’s marine protected species,” said Eric Roberts, marine mammal response coordinator for the 14th Coast Guard District. “The transport of this critically endangered Hawaiian monk seal showcases the multi-agency efforts that are being coordinated to ensure this species is around for future generations.”
Coast Guard crews worked with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to safely transport the seal.
The Hawaiian monk seal is one of the rarest marine mammals in the world with an estimated population of less than 1,100. Part of the true seal family, they are one of only two remaining monk seal species.
The Coast Guard partners with NOAA on many living marine resources missions in Hawaii to protect endangered marine mammals including Hawaiian monk seals, sea turtles and humpback whales.