Hawaiian Monk Seals Gallery

Hawaiian Monk Seal Turning Away from Humans (a good thing!)Hawai'ian Monk Seal Scratching Her HeadHawaiian Monk Seal Coming Up for AirHawaiian Monk Seal Coming Up for AirResting in Sea FoamHawaiian Monk Seal MoltingHawaiian Monk Seal MoltingHawaiian Monk Seal MoltingHawai'ian Monk Seal Scratching Her HeadHawaiian Monk Seal  Facial ScarHawaiian Monk Seal Resting on RocksHawaiian Monk Seal Coming Up for AirHawaiian Monk Seal Scratching HeadHawaiian Monk Seal BreathingHawaiian Monk Seal Going Down into CaveHawaiian Monk Seal -- Last Days of MoltingHawaiian Monk Seal MoltingHawaiian Monk Seal Diving (white spot)Hawaiian Monk Seal Coming Up for AirMonk Seal Basking in Setting SuniHawaiian Monk Seal Basking in Setting Sun
Please Note:  Humans (and their dogs!) should maintain a distance of 150 ft  from the Hawaiian Monk Seal, if at all possible.   This is not only to help protect them and prevent their potential habituation to humans, but to safeguard us as well.  A 400-600 lb seal is not a creature you want to surprise or be surprised by.   They are “cute” but they have also been known to nip and bite and even take humans down for a playful session of deep breathing.  Most of these photos were taken with a telescopic lens from an appropriate distance.  Please respect.   Mahalo.    For research links and more information click here.