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.
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Photo: Hawaiian monk seal. (Robin Wendler)