Hawaiian officials block beach to protect endangered seal
We have an adorable new baby monk seal in Kaimana Beach, Hawaii. Authorities are doing everything possible to ensure that mothers and babies are not disturbed by humans.
Officials have set up a “temporary fence” around the beach to protect the mother and puppies, according to a Hawaii Department of Homeland and Natural Resources Facebook post.
According to the police, the purpose of the fence is “public safety and seal protection during the nursing period.” “People are encouraged to use other areas for beach and sea recreation.”
The ministry added that puppies are likely to stay with their mothers during the next five to seven weeks of nursing.
They noted that it was “not safe to swim” in the Kaimana Beach area, especially since mother seals can be “very protective of their pups” and have seriously injured swimmers in the past. , the department added at a press conference about the birth.
Law enforcement is on the beach 24/7 to protect the seals, said Jason Ledula, director of conservation and resource enforcement, at a press conference.
“At this point, it would be better to find another beach to replicate,” says Redulla.
Hawaiian monk seals are among the most endangered seals in the world, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. There are an estimated 1,570 seals left in the wild.
The species is threatened by habitat loss, entanglement in fishing gear, disease, and the occasional intentional killing by humans.
When they reach adulthood, adorable newborns can be 6 to 7 feet long and weigh up to 600 pounds, according to NOAA.
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