In my previous post I told you I observed a mom monk seal and her pup on my visit to Kalaupapa.
Despite all the physical suffering and hopelessness of those suffering from Hansen's Disease at Kalaupapa, the beaches have become a perfect nursery area for the critically endangered Hawaiian Monk Seal.
I sat in amazement watching the tender moments between this 400lb mom and her one week old pup. At the time of birth this young one weighed approximately 30lbs. and in 6 short weeks he will tip the scale somewhere between 150 -200 lbs. Jet black at birth, his fur will change to a beautiful silvery color at the time of his weaning. During my visit I observed 4 swim sessions and 3 feedings. This little seal was very active and mom, well let's just say she was very patient and PROTECTIVE!!
|my first view of mom and pup|
|Such a feisty little bugger....kicking up a flipper!!|
|he lost mom for a short bit...let out a holler for her|
|still looking for her|
|He found her....mom did you have a cheeto??|
|mom, I'd really like some lunch, please mom, please!!|
|Hey mom, who is this guy??|
|The seal to the left is known as a "crusier" just hanging out|
in hopes of mating with mom.
|pup taking a little snooze, while the cruiser continues to prowl in the area.|
|mom left the pup to deal with the cruiser...|
|pup wanted to follow...mom insisted he stay on shore.|
|Now get up there little one!!!|
|okay mom, I'll just play with my flipper|
|Mom, are you coming back, what about a snack??|
|Mom did return--pup found a "new toy" a piece of driftwood.|
|they are very inquisitive|
sometimes too, as they get caught in beach debris causing injury or death
One of the reasons it is so important to keep the beaches clean.
|When I left...a feeding session|
notice the cruiser was still hanging around.
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