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New NOAA Hotline Takes Calls On Distressed Marine Animals

As reported by the Star Advertiser on 13 October, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has established a hotline accessible from any island to take reports of Hawaiian monk seals, sea turtles, dolphins and whales in need of emergency assistance.

The 24-hour number is (888) 256-9840.

Previously each island had a different number for reporting strandings, entanglements and injuries involving the marine animals. Those previous numbers are still effective.

Read the full article at this link to the Star Advertiser

Benny the monk seal, also known as RE-74, was found in 2014 with a hook in his stomach. He was treated and later released by NOAA.