From West Hawaii Today:

Two marine biologists and a veterinarian have removed a young Hawaiian monk seal from the wild after it bit two triathletes swimming in Kamakahonu Bay Tuesday.

The 6-month-old seal, weighing 100 pounds, was reportedly following and swimming circles around the triathletes prior to nipping them. Both men had minor injuries and were treated on site. One man was bitten on a knee and the other was bitten on the side of his abdomen, said Michelle Barbieri, a veterinarian with The Marine Mammal Center.

The triathletes were not harassing the pup, which showed no aggression. The animal was likely just exploring or looking for someone to play with. Young seals are often very curious and this behavior can get them into trouble, Barbieri said. Read more.

And here’s the latest in other neighbor isle gov’t and politics:

Mayor calls for 2491 delay

Maui occupancy trend dips; MVB head unworried

Public hearings on catamaran operation rule changes

Hawaii illness linked to tainted chicken

Smooth road ahead for Kuakini Highway-Kaiwi Street

Meeting explores conversion of Paia to 100% immersion

Longs Drugs seeks new Waipouli store approval

State, county taking action against Naniloa hotel

Koloa solar site to break ground

Backyard forest restoration workshop at Volcano Art Center

Pharmacy school funding request gets cool reception

Photo: Hawaiian monk seal. (Robin Wendler)

—Chad Blair…

Loading Young Monk Seal Captured, Caged After Biting Triathletes

Follow Civil Beat on Facebook and Twitter. You can also sign up for Civil Beat’s free daily newsletter.