A Hawaiian monk seal and her newborn pup on a Waikiki beach Thursday. The pup, born late Wednesday or early Thursday, is the first to be born in Waikiki since the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration began keeping track in the 1970s.
The mother, known as RH58 and nicknamed Rocky, has lived on and around Oahu since 2002. But she would return to Kauai, where she was born 17 years ago, to give birth. This time she had her pup at Kaimana, an area in Waikiki popular with Honolulu residents.
It’s the first seal to be born in the densely populated tourist district since the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration began keeping track in the 1970s, Amlin said.
Amlin says monk seals normally like to give birth in quiet spots so it’s rare that pups appear in a congested place like Waikiki.
Monk seal pups usually nurse for about five to seven weeks. Mothers are …
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