The pup, nicknamed Kaimana, was later moved away from the Waikiki area for safety reasons after she was weaned.
The gender of Rocky’s newest pup was not known Monday. More than two dozen monk seals have been born on Hawaii this year. The endangered species has a population of about 1,400 in the wild.
“We’re really happy to share that this year the main Hawaiian Islands are having a record year for monk seal births,” said Aliza Milette-Winfree, NOAA’s Oahu marine mammal response coordinator. “So far there’s been 26, and we are expecting a few more.”
NOAA officials remind people to stay away from monk seals, especially mothers, which can become aggressive to protect their pups.
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