Mother of Waikiki's beach-dwelling monk seal pup swims away

HONOLULU (AP) — A Hawaiian monk seal pup named Kaimana that was born on a Waikiki beach and made his way three times into the Waikiki Natatorium War Memorial has been left by his mother.

That's led officials to believe the pup was weaned and could be relocated in a few days.

The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reports (http://bit.ly/2wSCvhl ) officials have had plans to relocate the pup born 44 days ago to an undisclosed Oahu location after weaning by his mother, named Rocky.

She swam away from the pup on Friday.

State Department of Land and Natural Resources Dan Dennison says the mother's departure may mean the pup is weaned, "but it's too soon to know for sure."

Kaimana will be the 10th pup weaned by Rocky and the only one not born on Kauai.

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Information from: Honolulu Star-Advertiser, http://www.staradvertiser.com