HONOLULU (KHON2) — The Marine Mammal Center responded to a Hawaiian monk seal who was found with a “nylon strap snug around her body.”

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Officials thank a “caring” person for calling the Marine Mammal Center’s hotline to alert the team of the situation.

The team then leaped into action by using a seatbelt cutter to free RA20 from the strap. She swam away from the beach shortly after.

According to the MMC, RA20 has spent the majority of her time on Hawaii Island and is a two-time mother.

“Each individual is critical to save this endangered species and we’re thankful this situation was resolved before it became life-threatening,” said the Marine Mammal Center in a social media post.

Officials would like to remind the public to pick up their trash to avoid dangerous situations like these for Hawaii’s marine life.

To further support The Marine Mammal Center, visit their website. If you see a Hawaiian monk seal in distress, call the Marine Mammal Center’s hotline at (808) 987-0765.