Monday, August 26

Monk Seal Monday....

Yes, we're LOCALS!!!
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This is probably one of my favorite shots of a Hawaiian Monk Seal. This is RW20 and was taken in 2009 on the shores of Molokai. He was just a weaner then and a such a cutie!!

Here's some Monk Seal Facts
 
*endemic to the  Hawaiian Islands
making them LOCALS :)
 
*they are marine animals
 
*one of the most endangered animals in the world,
at the present time they are approximately 1200 animals
(most of those are in the Northwest Hawaiian Islands)
 
*Their Hawaiian name is 'ilio-holo I ka ua ua, which means "dog that runs in rough seas"
 
*adult seals are 6-8 feet in length and weigh 400-600 lbs.
 
*Can live to be 25-30 yrs of age
 
*solitary animal--unlike the California Seals 
 
*head looks like it has a hood like a monk (hence the name :)
 
*Hawai'i's official state mammal
 
 
Got a question about the HMS (Hawaiian Monk Seal)??
Please leave questions in the comment section and I'll address them next Monday.
 
Seal ya,
 
val
 
In case you missed the first post concerning HMS, CLICK HERE!!
 

17 comments:

  1. so very beautiful... and i want to kiss him, and i know i could not... but i still want to

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  2. What a cutie pie! We loved learning more about them.

    Hugs,
    Lily Belle & Muffin

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  3. Interesting. We didn't know they could live that long
    Benny & Lily

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  4. A beautiful creature....So sad there are so few left.

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  5. What is their diet? How much to they need to eat? Are there factors other than humans that are impacting their low numbers?

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  6. Okay no one call me stupid but my question is how does seal poop look like? lol! :)

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  7. Very nice picture from 2009. I didn't realize there were so few Monk seals left...

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  8. I can see why it's one of your favorites.
    Blessings,
    Goose

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  9. They look so pretty in photos but when we saw seals up close on the North Sea they always had so many battle scars, poor things.

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  10. Thank is a fantastic photo!!

    Your Pals,

    Murphy & Stanley

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  11. What do they smell like? Also, I'm with Francesca Villa and want to know what their poo looks like!

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  12. What a great shot, like he was posing just for you.

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  13. Where do they have their babies? Can baby seals swim right away?

    I love that photo! His eyes are glittering.

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