The Hawaiian Monk Seal is a critically endangered species.
About Hawaiian Monk Seals
The Hawaiian monk seal (Monachus schauinslandi) is the only
truly tropical seal in the world and it is critically endangered.
There are fewer than 1100 monk seals remaining in the entire
seals are mostly nocturnal feeders with a very diverse diet
including eels, octopus, lobsters and fish. They come up onto land
to rest, and to
give birth and nurse their young. They are very sensitive to human
disturbance at their haul-out sites.
Mother monk seals nurse their pups on the beach for approximately 6
weeks and must not be disturbed. Although their total numbers are
decreasing every year in the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands, those monk seals
born in the Main Hawaiian Islands are surviving better and need our
continued vigilant protection.
How HWF works to help Hawaiian Monk Seals
· Conducted research on Midway Atoll
Hawai'i Wildlife Fund conducted monk seal research on Midway Atoll from 1997-2000 in the Northwest Hawaiian Islands.
Our data have been used by the National Marine Fisheries Service to assist in the recovery of this unique and endangered species.
· Coordinated the Maui Monk Seal Watch
addition to teaching hundreds of visitors each year out in the “living
classroom” about Hawai'i's monk seals, Hawai'i Wildlife Fund coordinated
the Monk Seal Watch on the island of Maui, 1996-2007. When monk seals
haul out onto the beach to rest, Monk Seal Watch volunteers place police
tape around the area and stand by to educate the public, ensuring the
animals are not harassed while they rest. This program is now coordinated
by NOAA Fisheries, PIRO, contact Nicole Davis, Maui Marine Mammal
Response Network Specialist at Nicole.Davis@noaa.gov.
Volunteer support is more critical than ever as this species is declining
in numbers ~5%/year. If you encounter a monk seal on the beach or want
to volunteer, contact the hotline 808-292-2372 or email Nicole at
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· Provides expertise on the recovery of Monk Seals
Bill Gilmartin, HWF co-founder and Director of Research, has served on the Monk Seal Recovery Team and the IUCN Seal Specialist Group for more
than 20 years. He supports a plan to build a monk seal rehabilitation center in NELHA, Hawai'i
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