National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is investigating the death of a Hawaiian monk seal found on the North Shore of Molokai.

The seal was found dead back on May 31st and the examination by NOAA that followed showed the juvenile female died from major injuries inflicted by a human.

"The monk seals that are unfortunatley killed in this way impact the recovery of the species, because they are potentially females that would have grown up to give birth to pups of their own someday," NOAA Veterinarian Michelle Barbieri said. 

This is the sixth suspected killing of a Hawaiian monk seal on Molokai, the third in the same location since 2009.