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View From Here - Hawaii Travel Blog - Hawaiian Monk Seal

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  • The Great Dehooking of Hawaiian Monk Seal

    Destination: Kauai

    Good news.  Our Hawaiian monk seal known as 028 is de-hooked.  The Great De-Hooking, as we are calling it, came after nearly three weeks of tracking this four year old endangered Hawaiian monk seal from one side of Kauai to the other.

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  • Seal Spotting (Again) on Kauai

    Destination: Kauai

    Hawaiian monk seal pup, close up, six weeks oldTwo weeks ago, 028 was reported with a fishing hook stuck in the corner of her mouth. Four feet or more of fishing line trailed her, wrapping around her body. People said she tried to haul out at a south shore beach here on Kauai, but the line trapped under her body as she galumphed up the beach kept tugging the hook in the corner of her mouth. After a few attempts, she retreated back to the ocean.

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  • Happy President's Day

    Destination: Kauai

    Many people wonder, my mother included, why I had to move so far away from home to find my home--from Missouri to Hawaii. A little over a year ago, I sat in my living room on Kauai watching history in the making on TV as Barack Obama was sworn in as President of the United States. President Obama spoke about community service. He spoke about volunteerism.

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  • The Newest Cell Phone Debuts in Hawaii

    Destination: Kauai

    Hawaiian monk seal pup, close up, six weeks oldYesterday, we instrumented this 4-year-old female Hawaiian monk seal with a device that will track her movements in the water—how far off-shore she swims, how deep she dives, how often she dives, how many hours—and, possibly, days—she spends in the water.

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  • In Search of Seals on Kauai

    Destination: Kauai

    Laysan albatross adult flying into sceneAfter a mile-long hike and trek along a stretch of coastline on Kauai’s north shore, I am sitting under a heliotrope tree on the beach writing this. I can’t help but pull out my camera with the super-telephoto lens and snap a few pictures of the adult Laysan albatrosses skimming the ocean’s surf, but I didn’t pack my camera to take pictures of birds, as cute as they are.

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  • Hawaiian Monk Seal: Week 2

    Destination: Kauai

    At two weeks of age, the Hawaiian Monk Seal pup known as "KP4" takes pleasure in using his newly-discovered foreflippers. He flaps them. He slaps his face with them. He even swims with them. In his second week of life, he and mom go for short swims in the shallows.

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  • Ode to Hawaiian Monk Seal Mom

    Destination: Kauai

    Meet "KP4." Here, he squawks at his mother. At six days of age, he's a cutie. But he hasn't quite figured out exactly where on mom's body that yummy-liquid-stuff dispenses. I spent three hours with the pair yesterday, and he poked mom in the belly, neck, back and tail the entire time. A few nudges he got right and milky liquid streamed down his throat--and elsewhere.

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  • Celebrate World Oceans Day

    Destination: Hawaii Island, Kauai, Maui, Oahu

    Very large Hawaiian monk seal mom and her one-day-old pupAs for me, I spent most of Saturday at the beach. If you’ve followed my blog for the past few months, you won’t be surprised that I was pup-sitting an endangered Hawaiian monk seal. But I wasn’t checking on “Sunrise Seal,” about whom I have written and photographed extensively. At 6:00 a.m., I checked on a pregnant mom, known at K01. When I left at 10:00, she had rolled back down into the water. I figured she was heading out to feed one more time, because once she pups, she won’t get another good meal for five to seven weeks. At 2:00 p.m., I received a text message: K01 had pupped.

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  • The Hawaiian Monk Seal Is Native

    Destination: Maui

    What do marine mammal first responders do for fun in the sun? We practice transporting cetaceans. Because we do not have access to live animals, though, we opt for substitutes. Even though the sun was scorching during this afternoon’s training, at least the animal weighed next to nothing.

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  • Maui & Monk Seals

    Destination: Maui

    I flew to Maui today to attend three days of meetings as part of the 4th Annual Hawaiian Monk Seal & Cetacean Stranding Response Network. At the far northern end of Ka'anapali Beach, we discovered divers launching themselves off the 35-foot rock face at sunset. Click "read more" to see the picture.

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