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Aloha to the mystery seal found thousands of miles from home

Lost Seal

AP Photo/National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

A northern fur seal is seen in a cage in Haleiwa, Hawaii. Northern fur seals live in waters around the Aleutian Islands and California, but NOAA officials found an emaciated, underweight and weak member of the species thousands of miles away on Oahu's North Shore.

Like many who stray from California, a lost northern fur seal has been found resting on a beach in Hawaii.

Not as glamorous as it sounds, the seal — typically found in waters around the Aleutian Islands and California — was discovered thousands of miles from home, emaciated and weak on the sand near Sunset Beach on Oahu's North Shore.

Officials from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) took the young adult female to the Honolulu Zoo to be cared for and to prevent a potential health risk to Hawaii's endangered monk seals. The native seal population has never been exposed to viruses that fur seals are known to carry.

David Schofield, a NOAA marine mammal response coordinator, said it's the first time on record that a wild fur seal has come to Hawaii. Elephant seals have made their way over from California in the past, but only very rarely, Schofield said.


Trouble in paradise: American jet emergency from Hawaii


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An American Airlines flight carrying 147 people on board, including the seven crewmembers, landed safely at LAX Monday morning after reporting engine trouble on a flight from Kona, Hawaii.

Flight 246 was showing trouble with the left engine, said airline spokesman Matt Miller.

Instruments aboard the Boeing 757 jetliner reportedly indicated a problem about an hour before it was set to touch down in Los Angeles, and the engine was shut down.

Miller said says the craft is designed to fly safely on one engine.

No injuries were reported.