Today I took my new friend Pearl out to the monk seal pup site.
If you missed that post you can CLICK HERE.
Momma Rocky weaned the pup last Thursday afternoon, just hours after I took those momma and son photos. Momma was seen on Oahu last Saturday(two days after weaning her pup), Oahu is her "home" island and is about 80 some miles away from Kauai. Can you imagine swimming 80 miles on an empty stomach?? But for a seal it's probably just a couple flipper flaps!! She will now get much needed rest and replenish her depleted
body with some 'ono grinds" for seals.
Once the pup is weaned he is now called a WEANER, stop laughing, that's what they are called, I can't make this stuff up. Anyhow, the chubby weaner will now hang out in the tide pools and his birth beach learning to find food on his own and will be living on those fat stores that momma provided him. He will probably hang here for a month or so and then begin venturing out to explore his big new world. I am guessing in the next few days the tagging team from NOAA will come and give him some flipper bling---giving him his own ID. More about that in a later post.
my friend Pearl
Weaner in the shallows, can you spot him??
Just snoozing, it's tough being a weaner.
His big light colored belly
Sweet dreams little buddy
Hope you are enjoying learning about the critically endangered Hawaiian Monk Seal.
Some of you asked what Ono Grinds are....
Ono Grinds is the Hawaiian way of saying YUMMY food!!!
Happy Aloha Friday!!