LIHUE (AP) - Federal officials say an endangered Hawaiian monk seal found on the west side of Kauai apparently died of natural causes.
The Garden Island reported that the carcass was found Monday along the Kaumakani coastline near Pakala Village.
The Kauai Marine Mammal Response coordinator for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said a necropsy detected no broken bones or foreign objects in the carcass.
Jamie Thomton said the seal was an apparently healthy adult male but that tissue sampling was limited because the carcass had decomposed after a couple of days on the beach.
The seal is the third discovered dead in the last eight months.
Thornton said two or three seals typically are found along Kauai's shoreline each year.