There will be no repercussions for the woman who was hurt in Waikiki by a monk seal.
State authorities say a lady won’t be penalized after interacting with endangered Hawaiian monk seal mother Rocky in Waikiki on Sunday.
The Hawaii Department of Land and Natural Resources stated the 60-year-old California visitor was “in the wrong location at the wrong time.”
“The lady swam close to a monk seal mother and baby.”
The lady was swimming near a roped-off part of Waikiki Beach, where signs caution beachgoers to avoid the nursing monk seal and her pup.
A lady was hurt Sunday morning while swimming near Rocky and her pooch, PO8, off Kaimana Beach. Several witnesses filmed the event.
According to the Honolulu Star-Advertiser, a woman swims in Waikiki and sees Rocky with her dog. Rocky rushes towards the woman as fans gasp and yell for her to get out.
A guy in an outrigger canoe pushed her to land, where two spectators pulled her from the ocean.
Honolulu EMS reported the lady sustained right cheekbone and left shoulder lacerations. She was treated and hospitalized.
The DLNR estimates that the occurrence occurred around 200 meters (650 feet) off of Kaimana Beach.
A lady and her husband who have not been recognized provided DLNR information on what occurred today.
No seals were seen on the beach or in the ocean when ten swimmers, including his wife, entered the water. He filmed from their 12th-floor unit.
Mom and pup were swimming near the Natatorium when they swam for his wife. He said she was submerged and couldn’t hear yells to get out.