Manu'iwa was oblivious to the dangers of the object she'd found — an object apparently left behind or discarded by some neglectful person.
It was feared that the playful seal pup might swallow the blade, but fortunately she did not. Eventually, Manu‘iwa dropped it, and the knife was later retrieved.
Tragedy was avoided this time, but the message is clear: pollution and human debris can kill.
"It’s a reminder to all of us to properly dispose of our trash," the DLNR officer said.