Travelers fined for touching jeopardized Hawaiian monk seal
HONOLULU (AP)– UNITED STATE authorities released an examination and also fined Louisiana tourists honeymooning in Hawaii after a video clip on social media revealed a lady touching a jeopardized Hawaiian monk seal.
The pair were “deeply sorry,” a man determined as Stephen told the Honolulu Star-Advertiser for a story Tuesday. “We love Hawaii and also the culture. We really did not mean to offend any person.”
A video clip published on TikTok and also other social networks showed a woman touching the seal at a Kauai beach in June. The video clip showed her escaping after the relaxing seal elevated its head as well as broke at her.
The Associated Press had not been right away able to get to the couple Tuesday.
There are an estimated 1,100 Hawaiian monk seals in the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands as well as 300 in the main Hawaiian Islands.
It’s a felony to touch or harass a Hawaiian monk seal under state and government legislation, with fines of approximately five years behind bars and a $50,000 penalty.
The newspaper reported that authorities from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Management got in touch with the couple over the weekend and also examined an unrevealed penalty.
Dominic Andrews, a spokesman for NOAA’s Office of Police, claimed an investigation is underway as well as declined to comment better.