After touching an endangered Hawaiian monk seal at Kalaeloa's White Plains beach, 19-year-old Cameron Cayaban is paying for it in the form of a $100 fine.
Cayaban pleaded guilty to harassing, harming or pursuing an endangered species. The man's lawyer, Pamela Cayaban, claims Cameron had never seen a seal before, and wanted to get a closer look at it. The man touched the seal, and the seal turned around and looked at him before entering the water.
Witnesses at the beach reported the incident to the Barbers Point military police. At the time, there were volunteer observers at the beach since the seal, named Kermit, had been at the beach for a few days. Barriers were even put up so that people would not disturb the endangered Hawaiian monk seal.
Apparently, some people did not get the notion that the animal was not to be touched.