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View From Here - Hawaii Travel Blog - Hawaiian Monk Seal

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  • Sunrise Seal: 15 Days Old

    Destination: Kauai

    I snapped this belly shot with hopes of identifying the sex of our new pup.  We cross our fingers for females–not because we don’t like males–

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  • Sunrise Seal: 13 Days Old

    Destination: Kauai

    Sometimes when I arrive at sunrise, the seals are already in the water swimming and foraging.  Other days, they’re still sacked out on the beach, preferably near a tree or naupaka bushes–maybe even the pliable, plastic fencing we erect as a barrier to keep loose dogs away.  I wondered whether the seals would rise with the sun, but, apparently, that isn’t always the case.

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  • Sunrise Seal: 11 Days Old

    Destination: Kauai

    Mom doesn’t like visitors who get too close.  This is how she responds when a male encroaches.  This is also how she’d respond to us, if we ventured near.

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  • Sunrise Seal: 9 Days Old

    Destination: Kauai

    Here the Hawaiian monk seal pup is nine days old, and that frothy white mustache is milk.  For the first five to seven weeks of its life, the pup’s sole source of food is its mother’s milk.  While it fattens up, though, mom shrivels up.

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  • Hope for Hawaiian Monk Seal Recovery

    Destination: Kauai

    Did I have any meetings today?  Any events to attend? I do not like to leave my home office when it rains like this.  I do not like to drive through that mud puddle, deepening the ruts in my driveway.  When I sat at my desk and checked my calendar, I discovered no necessary out-of-the-house appointments.  Good, I thought. Then, the phone rang.  It was Wendy with the Hawaiian Monk Seal Conservation Hui.  Someone had reported a  seal at the end of Aliomanu Road–down the street from me on my home island of Kaua’i.

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  • Hawaiian Monk Seals, the Spirit of Service and a New President

    Destination: Kauai

    The cheers on the Mall had just hushed over my television when the phone rang.  It was still early in the morning in Hawaii, and President Obama had already completed his inauguration speech.  I expected to hear my best friend, calling from Kansas, another state with ties to the new president, and I was ready to quote from the president’s speech.  Our patchwork heritage is a strength.  Quiet force of progress.  New era of responsibility.  A man whose father less than 60 years ago might not have been served at a local restaurant can now stand before you to take a most sacred oath.

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  • Monk Seal Update: It’s a Girl!

    Destination: Kauai

    Good news on the monk seal front:  The pup born on November 20, 2008 on Kauai’s south shore is a girl.  This is good news, because with the dwindling rate of Hawaiian Monk Seals throughout the Hawaiian archipelago, the more females we have, the more babies we’ll have.

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  • Meet Nukaau, the Hawaiian Monk Seal

    Destination: Oahu

    Nukaau was born on Laysan Island in the Northwest Hawaiian Islands in 1981 and was brought to the Waikiki Aquarium as a two-year-old.  He’s a big boy.  Or, rather, a big, old man.  He is now nearly 28 years old, and he measures almost 8 feet in length and weighs between 380 and 420 pounds.

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  • Hawaiian Monk Seal: Two Weeks Old

    Destination: Kauai

    Our pup is two weeks old. It swims. It squawks. It nurses.  It sleeps.  Ah, the life of an Hawaiian monk seal.

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  • Hawaiian Monk Seal: One Week Old

    Destination: Kauai

    Here, our newest member of the Hawaiian monk seal family is 8 days old.  In the first week, the pup does not stray far from mom–nor mom from the pup.  As the pup circumnavigates mom, it strengthens its flippers.  As it calls out to mom when its hungry, it strenthens it lungs.  Both efforts prepare it for its first swim.  Mom introduced the pup to the shallow water this week.

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