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Hawaiian monk seal born in North Kona on Big Island

March 24, 2019

KAILUA-KONA, Hawaii (AP) — A Hawaiian monk seal gave birth on the Big Island’s North Kona coast last week.

Claire Simeone, the director of the Ke Kai Ola Hawaiian Monk Seal Hospital, told West Hawaii Today she estimates the pup weighs about 25 to 30 pounds (11 to 14 kilograms). The mother weights about 600 pounds (270 kilograms).

The pup was born Wednesday. It’s not yet known whether the baby seal is male or female.

Scientists call the mother RA20. It’s the second time she’s given birth at this site after having a female seal named Manuiwa last year.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration says 30 Hawaiian monk seal pups were born in the main Hawaiian Islands last year.

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Information from: West Hawaii Today, http://www.westhawaiitoday.com