Abandoned monk seal pup to be released today
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, in partnership with Marine Corps Base Hawaii and the Coast Guard, will airlift KP2, an abandoned Hawaiian monk seal pup, to an undisclosed location for release into the wild today.
The seal pup was scheduled to be released Dec. 11, but the release was postponed because of bad weather.
KP2 is a seal found abandoned by its mother when it was one day old on a Kaua'i beach in May. It spent the first few months under critical care at NOAA's Kewalo Research Facility as the pup gained weight and its condition stabilized. Then it was transferred to a shore pen at the Marine base, where it has been learning to survive in the wild.