Two young Hawaiian monk seals returned to the French Frigate Shoals today after rehabilitation at Ke Kai Ola in Kona.
The Marine Mammal Center, which runs Ke Kai Ola, admitted Awapuhi and Koani pehu over the summer and were able to help the two seals gain enough weight and health to return home to the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands. The center chose to release the seals in celebration of #GivingTuesday, a global day of giving celebrated the Tuesday following Thanksgiving.
“As we celebrate the release of these two patients on #GivingTuesday, we honor the spirit and importance of getting involved to make a difference in your community,” said Claire Simeone, the center’s conservation medicine veterinarian in a statement. “Giving this critically important species a second chance is at the heart of our mission and couldn’t be done without our passionate and dedicated volunteers as well as a generous community of supporters.”
The seals were …