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Monk Seal Update – 3 week old pup

November 27th, 2008 by Coconut Coasters | Tags: | Posted in Monk Seals and Green Sea Turtles |

Just a quick update to let you know the pup we wrote about recently is doing great. The baby is three weeks old now and that means we all have much to be thankful for since it has made it through this critical early time. The pup is swimming now and is very playful. This picture (provided by the HMS conservation Hui) was taken as it was playfully biting its mothers front flipper while she rested. Taking care of a baby is exhausting and this mother is a good one! She is very attentive and is teaching her pup well.



New Baby Hawaiian Monk Seal Born on Kauai !

November 9th, 2008 by Coconut Coasters | Posted in Monk Seals and Green Sea Turtles |

11/9/08 There is exciting news to report: a new monk seal pup was born on Kauai’s south shore this weekend! The pup and mom who are both doing well are getting to know each other and resting on the shore. The pup (who is already a strong nurser), will grow very quickly and be on his/her own in 6 weeks with the healthy diet of rich milk produced by its mother. Monk seals usually wean quickly, and the pup will become more and more independent as it grows. In the next few days, it will begin to explore the very shallow water nearby and learn to hold its breath as it explores the new world on the sand and sea.

Once the mother feels it is time, she will take the baby into the water to learn to hunt for food and swim. The next few weeks are a critical time for this endangered species and disturbances from humans or dogs could cause the mother to abandon the pup.

The Kauai Monk Seal conservancy program urges all to stay 100 ft or more from resting monk seals and observe them only from a distance. Please do not make loud noises or attempt to awaken sleeping seals as the time they spend resting on the shore is critical to their health and survival. Thank you for learning about and helping protect these amazing creatures! To learn more about the critically endangered Hawaiian Monk Seal click here or visit


(Photo provided by HMS conservation Hui –taken with zoom lens)







Adult Seal on Kauai’s North Shore: 8/08

(Photo provided by M Costales – taken with zoom lens)