- Associated Press - Thursday, June 29, 2017

HONOLULU (AP) - The Latest on endangered Hawaiian monk seals born in Hawaii (all times local):

3:20 p.m.

An endangered Hawaiian monk seal has given birth on a Waikiki beach.

Hawaiian Monk Seal Recovery Program coordinator Angela Amlin says the seal was born late Wednesday or early Thursday.

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.

Mother and pup attracted dozens of onlookers as they rolled around on the sand. Volunteers kept people at a safe distance behind a rope barrier.

Amlin says monk seals normally like to give birth in quiet spots.

The seal nicknamed Rocky has gone to Kauai to give birth in the past. This time she had her pup at Kaimana, an area in Waikiki popular with Honolulu residents.

Hawaiian monk seals are an endangered species.

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11 a.m.

A Hawaiian monk seal conservation volunteer has captured rare video of one of the animals giving birth.

The seal known as RO28 had her pup on Kauai’s north shore on June 18.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s marine mammal response coordinator for Kauai says the pup is nursing well. Monk seals normally nurse pups for five to seven weeks.

Jamie Thomton said this week that the pup is starting to play in shallow water.

Hawaiian monk seals are critically endangered. There are about 1,400 in the wild. About 3-to-4 are born on Kauai each year.

Thomton says the mother is protective of her pup. He says people should stay at least 150 feet (45 meters) from pups and not swim near them.

A volunteer with a group that keeps track of Kauai’s monk seals shot the video.


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