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.