Hawaii Tourism Authority urges beachgoers to avoid Kaimana Beach while monk seal nurses
GEORGE F. LEE / GLEE@STARADVERTISER.COM The three-week-old Hawaiian monk seal PO8, born to Rocky at Kaimana Beach in July, took a swim with its mother, Aug. 1, at Kaimana Beach in Waikiki. The Hawaii Tourism Authority today sent out an email blast advising visitors to temporarily avoid Kaimana Beach in Waikiki as a mother monk seal nurses her pup in the area.
That Hawaiian monk seal, identified by wildlife officials as RH58, is known as Rocky to those in the public who see her often.
Rocky gave birth to her 14th pup, PO8, at Kaimana Beach on July 9, and the pair are expected to remain in the area through at least mid-August, till the pup weans, generally.