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Hawaiian Monk Seal

Monachus schauinslandi


Named monk seal because they are solitary animals, like some monks. When not feeding on fish, lobster, octopus, squid, etc. they are seen sun bathing on sandy beaches or volcanic rock (as pictured). Gray coat, white belly. Slender physique as compared to harbor seal.


Endemic to Hawaiian islands and is an endangered species!


Picture taken through a pair of binoculars! While observing humpback whales for research, we were entertained by the lethargy of the monk seal.

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Spotted on Jan 18, 2012
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