Man gets 4 years in pri­son for ha­rass­ing monk seal

The Maui News - - TODAY’S PEOPLE -

HONOLULU (AP) — A judge on Wed­nes­day sen­tenced a Hawaii man to four years in pri­son for ha­rass­ing a preg­nant Hawai­ian monk seal.

Hawai­ian monk seals are among the world’s most crit­i­cally en­dan­gered marine mam­mals. There are about 1,400 in the wild.

Shylo Kaena Akuna ha­rassed the seal in April 2016 at Kauai’s Salt Pond Beach Park, said Kauai Prose­cut­ing At­tor­ney Justin Kol­lar.

KHON-TV re­ported pre­vi­ously that by­s­tanders recorded video show­ing a man wad­ing into the wa­ter, swing­ing at the en­dan­gered an­i­mal and pos­si­bly throw­ing sand at it.

“Akuna was ap­par­ently highly in­tox­i­cated at the time,” Kol­lar said in a state­ment.

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