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View From Here - Hawaii Travel Blog - Hawaiian Monk Seal

Total Number of Entries - 62
  • Sunrise Seal: 26 Days Old

    Destination: Kauai

    This explains why some people walking along remote Hawai’i beaches can practically step on a sleeping seal.  As a pup, they’re as dark as the blackest lava rocks.  As an adult, their coat can lighten to a sandy color.  That is, until they molt, then it’s back to dark, albeit never as black as when they’re born.

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  • Sunrise Seal: 25 Days Old

    Destination: Kauai

    Mom must be getting hungry.  As you can see here, she has some extra skin folds around her mid-section.  As pup plumps up, mom thins down.  For 25 days now, mom hasn’t eaten–maybe a small reef fish here or there but no big meals.  She usually likes to go out for foraging feasts, sometimes lasting a few days at a time.  I always liken it to a Thanksgiving Day gorge

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  • Sunrise Seal: 24 Days Old

    Destination: Kauai

    A young Hawaiian monk seal was found dead this morning on a west side Kaua’i beach.  A male, he was born in 2004.  It’s fitting, then, that on the 24th day after “Sunrise Seal’s” birth, rain prevented me from taking pictures.  Hence, I selected this image to honor I-19, as he was tagged soon after he was born.

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  • Sunrise Seal: 23 Days Old

    Destination: Kauai

    Mom was sleeping in the shallows when her pup decided to take a bite out of her side.

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  • Sunrise Seal: 21 Days Old

    Destination: Kauai

    Sometimes, following mom around isn’t easy.  Here, mom hauled out on an exposed portion of the reef during low tide.  After all that work, our Hawaiian monk seal pup took a nap, only to wake up ravenous.

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  • Sunrise Seal: 20 Days Old

    Destination: Kauai

    Here we’re near the full moon, and as you can see, the tide on this north shore beach on Kaua’i is low.  With all the exposed reef and naturally-formed swimming holes, our Hawaiian monk seal pup couldn’t stray too far from mom.  Or me.  There was one other person on the beach today–a man on a two-week vacation here in Hawaii.  He hauled in an extreme telephoto lens on his Canon 20D.

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  • Sunrise Seal: 19 Days Old

    Destination: Kauai

    When I arrived on this morning to find mom and pup inside the enclosure, I was quite surprised.  I expected them some 200 yards down the beach.

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  • Sunrise Seal: 18 Days Old

    Destination: Kauai

    How can you resist the face of this Hawaiian monk seal pup?  I mean, really.  And, yet, at one time this critically-endangered marine mammal was clubbed to death.

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  • Sunrise Seal: 17 Days Old

    Destination: Kauai

    Because of waves breaking on the reef like these, the water inside the reef where the pup is learning to swim got a little rough.  And our pup doesn’t like it.

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  • Sunrise Seal: 16 Days Old

    Destination: Kauai

    On this day, when I arrived, mom and pup slept snuggled next to the plastic fencing we installed to protect them from curious dogs.

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