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Chester the Monk Seal Found Dead

Written by Tim Sakahara – March 27, 2008 06:37 PM

t’s not everyday federal scientists hold a news conference about the death of a monk seal, but it turns out the animal found Wednesday off Makapu’u was the celebrity seal named Chester.

NOAA scientists say Chester had no signs that he was caught by fish hooks or nets and he had no other signs of trauma. They think he may have died from disease but they may not know for sure for months.

In January Chester spent a month on Kailua beach shedding his coat. During that time he grew in popularity as volunteers made sure people and dogs left him alone. Those volunteers spent the morning calling each other with the bad news.

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