Hawaiian monk seal sent to Waikiki to save species

AUDREY McAVOY Associated Press Published:

HONOLULU (AP) -- The Hawaiian monk seal, the most endangered marine mammal in the United States, has a long list of threats -- fishing nets, sharks and humans. But for one seal group, the biggest threat was one of its own: a 400-pound brute named KE18 who attacked other seals and pups.

Authorities had planned the drastic step of euthanizing KE18. But He was spared when the federal team that planned to put him down traveled to Kure Atoll , where he attacked most of his victims, but wasn't able to find him before they had to return to Oahu.

KE8 was discovered on Midway Atoll, where officials decided to save him. They flew him 1,400 miles to Honolulu. He will be studied, but his days in the wild are over.