Afternoon with a Monk Seal

Endangered Hawaiian Monk Seals on Kauai's Napali Coast

During my recent trip to the Napali Coast in Hawaii I camped out on the Kalalau beach with Darcy Ottey. One afternoon, after a walk in the jungle, we returned to the beach to discover an endangered Hawaiian monk seal had hauled out on the beach. We watched it for several hours before it returned to the ocean during an evening downpour. A few weeks later the New York Times ran a really interesting article, "Who would kill a monk seal?" by Jon Mooallem which explores the complex history and current situation around the conservation of this species, endemic to the Hawaiian island chain.

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Hawaiian monk seal turning around

Hawaiian monk seal turning

Swimming Hawaiian monk seal

Hawaiian monk seal and rainbow.

 Check out more photos of this monk seal and the Hawaiian islands here or more conservation oriented photographs here!

David Moskowitz

David Moskowitz, Winthrop, WA, 98862