Maui Monk Seal Doesn't Want Company

Updated: Jun 15

A Hawaiian monk seal comes on shore, or "hauls out", on a Maui beach only to find another monk seal is already there. The new seal wants to make friends but the seal already on the beach looks like she doesn't want company!

Hawaiian monk seals are only found in Hawaii and are one of the most endangered animals on the planet. Their closest relative, the Caribbean monk seal, was last seen in the 1950's and is believed to be extinct. However, due to the efforts of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and their many partners including dedication volunteers, the numbers of Hawaiian monk seals are slowly increasing. A recent seal count put the current number of seals at over 1,500, an increase of over 100 from the last count a few years ago.

It is rare to see even one Hawaiian monk seal on a beach. But to see two interacting is an extremely rare and precious site.

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