DLNR Division of Conservation and Resources Enforcement

Seal Pup Surfaces With Fishing Knife In Mouth Off Hawaii Beach

April 20, 2018 - 11:43 am
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By Rebecca Zamer/Joe Cingrana

A recently released monk seal pup was spotted playing with a knife off the coast of a beach in Hawaii.

 

Staff from the Marine Mammal Center at Kailua-Kona have been monitoring the pups health and growth after recently weaning away from its mother, and were shocked to see him dive beneath the rocks and come up with a knife in its mouth!

An officer from the DLNR Division of Conservation and Resources Enforcement (DOCARE) says that there was a real concern that the seal pup, named Manu‘iwa, might swallow the knife. They released the video to remind people to properly dispose of their trash.

When the seal dropped the knife under the rocks and lost interest, the team later retrieved it.