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View From Here - Outrigger Travel Blog - Hawaiian Monk Seal

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  • April in Photos

    Hawaiian monk seal pup races for the waterFor me, April saw the breeding plumage of Golden plovers come in. A visit to The Contemporary Museum, now called Spalding House, on Oahu. An afternoon meditation at Broken Ridge Buddhist Temple--in advance of a talk by His Holiness the Dalai Lama. A hike on Manoa Cliff Trail off Round Top Drive in Honolulu, Oahu. An architectural tour of Chinatown.  Wedge-tailed shearwaters clean up their burrows and pair up in advance of laying some eggs. The birth of two Hawaiian monk seal pups.

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  • Bifurcated Tongues and Hawaiian Monk Seals

    Destination: Kauai

    hawaiian monk seal weaner resting on beachI woke this morning dreaming that I was driving north from Kapa’a up the rise on the highway just past Kealia. Two days ago, a bunch of cars and trucks were parked along this stretch of Kauai’s coastal highway. Surfers. Yesterday, as I drove home from Lihue, I glanced makai (toward the ocean) at just the right moment and saw a whale breach. This is life in Hawaii in the winter.

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  • A Humpback Whale Visit on Endangered Species Day

    Destination: Kauai

    humpback whale calf breaching at Kilauea Point National Wildlife RefugeAt exactly 3:53 p.m. at Kauai's Kilauea Point National Wildlife Refuge on Friday, May 20, I heard a woman's voice exclaim, "There's a spinner dolphin." I remember thinking that I hadn't see any earlier in the sandy-bottomed waters off Kauapea Beach. Maybe, I thought--it's really amazing how fast thoughts can whiz through your mind--maybe it's a pod coming from the bay around the point--Kalihiwai--and headed out to sea for a night of foraging. I've seen them rest there during the day before, too.

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  • Sunset with Seals

    Destination: Kauai

    hawaiian monk seal t12 at beachAfter a long and busy day at my desk, my feet started to throb come late afternoon. Strange, I know, they should hurt after a big hike--like the one I enjoyed at Kokee State Park over the weekend; more on that in a later post--but the advice of most editors and writing coaches--just sit your butt in your chair and write--isn't always good for the body.

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  • Preparation Meets Opportunity in Hawaii

    Destination: Oahu, Kauai

    Yesterday, I walked from one side of Waikiki to the other, from Outrigger Reef on the Beach and nearly to the Honolulu Zoo. I walked out of the sunshine and into a fluorescent room to sit on a straight-backed chair for eight hours. I listened to real scientists toss around phrases like foraging ecology, protozoal threats, cestode egg presence, Allee effects and genetic stock structure. All in an effort to suss out the best way to reverse the downward population trend of endangered Hawaiian monk seals.

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