Monk Seal Black Friday

Instead of spending hours and hours in stupid lines to fight stupid people for stupid things that we don’t really need anyway, we set out to see if we could spot any whales from shore today. While it’s still a bit early in the season for regular shore sightings, the whales are in the area and it’s not impossible to spot some already.

While we didn’t get to see any whales, we did come across an incredible treat — a Hawaiian Monk Seal!

There’s two more in the Fauna Image Gallery.

Latest estimates put the entire Hawaiian Monk Seal population at only 1060 individuals with only about 150 that live outside of the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands (which are mostly uninhabited).

The image may imply that I was pretty close to the seal, but the reality is that I was on a cliff above him and still a decent bit away from it. At no point could I have actually approached it (not that I would have) and at the first sign that it wasn’t totally comfortable with our presence (when I got an unexpected phone call), we packed up and headed away.

I phoned the sighting into NOAA and I emailed them copies of the images.

I’ll trade a whale encounter for a rare seal encounter any day!

Nov 25th, 2011 | Posted in Hawaii, Photography
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