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More to Read and Watch

 Relax and enjoy the beauty of a Hawaiian monk seal swimming in waters off of Oahu, Hawaii.  Watch Hawaiian monk seal RW22 (“Kolohe”), born in 2008, show off his beautiful swimming techniques.  Learn about how to responsibly view Hawaiian monk seals on the shoreline.  See researchers discover for the first time that Hawaiian monk seals

About Humpback Whales

About Humpback Whales – Marine mammal, breaths air, live births, nurses young – Megaptera novaengliae = “big-winged New Englander” – Baleen (filter) whale, not toothed whale – Summertime in high latitudes, winter in tropical waters – Most humpbacks in Hawaii travel from Canada & Alaska waters – 3,000 miles in as little as 36 days

Spinner Dolphins

About Spinner Dolphins – Marine mammal, one of the smaller dolphins – Stenella longirostris = “long beak” – Very social with each other and other marine species – Most commonly seen dolphin in Hawaiian waters, 2,000-3,000 individuals in different stocks – Distinct stocks: 2 in NWHI, 1 in Oahu & Maui Nui, 1 in Big

How to tell the difference between a Green and Hawksbill sea turtle

Common name:  Green Sea Turtle Hawaiian name:  Honu Latin name:  Chelonia mydas Status:  Protected & Threatened Common name:  Hawksbill Turtle Hawaiian name:  ‘Ea / Honu‘ea Latin name:  Eretmochelys imbricata Status:  Protected & Endangered Comparison of the Green turtle and the Hawksbill turtle: Green Turtle Hawksbill Turtle Hawaiian Name Honu ‘Ea / Honu’ea Status Threatened Endangered Distribution Common Not common, mostly Maui &

Monk Seals – Frequently Asked Questions

Q. There’s a monk seal on the beach and it looks sick – what should I do? A. Most seals that haul-out on the shoreline are just fine. They may have mucus around their eyes, scars on their body, and may lie very still, as if they are not breathing, but that’s normal. Please keep

Hawaiian Monk Seal Myths and Facts

Myth 1: Seals only forage at night. Fact:  Seals feed both during the day and at night, although this varies depending on age and sex class. Monk seals as a whole do not appear to prefer feeding at specific times of the day. This misperception is derived from dietary and behavioral observations. Monk seal diet