Several Hawaiian monk seals have been found dead, bludgeoned to death recently.
No one knows who is killing the seals or why, just that an endangered species is being beaten to death.
It's believed that the slayings could be the work of disgruntled fisherman who fear the governments new regulations protecting seals could end up encroaching on their ability to fish.
A local activist said:
"It's really serious. This attitude, this negative attitude toward the seals has overpowered the concern that this is a species that's going to become extinct."
A big problem they believe is natives spreading the word that the seals don't belong in Hawaii.
The seals had been moved to Hawaii in an effort to move them to not only safer waters, but to an ecosystem more abundant with food.
So when they brought the seals in, the seals themselves had been bothering local fisherman.
A local said:
"So here you have a fisherman. He's been walking two to three hours to get to his fishing grounds over rough terrain.
And then he runs into these seals. And it causes him to get only half his catch and a quarter of his catch.
I think that is the essence of why."
Hopefully the native Hawaiians and the monk seals can find a balance of life before the seals are wiped from existence.
[Image via Dominic Chan/WENN.]
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