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Military ride takes seal rehabbed in Kona back to Oahu

HONOLULU — Talk about an escort.

Personnel from the Coast Guard 14th District, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and The Marine Mammal Center transported a rehabilitated monk seal from Kailua-Kona to Honolulu aboard a Coast Guard HC-130 Hercules airplane Wednesday to help the mammal get back to her original home in the wild.

“This is one of our 11 statutory missions and it’s a great one because it’s part of our living marine resources program and it allows us to be not only and enforcement arm for the protection of our natural resources but also to help with conservation,” said Eric Roberts, marine resource specialist, Coast Guard 14th District, in a press release.

The collaboration has successfully rehabilitated…

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