Hawaiian Monk Seal Pictures

 
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Hawaiian Monk Seal Photos Showing This Highly Endangered Species Endemic to Hawaii

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The Hawaiian monk seal, Monachus schauinslandi, is considered to be a Phocid, or true seal. Phocidae hear through small holes on either side of their head. In the water, their hind flippers propel them when swimming while their front flippers act as rudders or stabilizers . On land, the hind flippers are not able to turn under the animal and provide support. This makes travel on land rather difficult for the true seals, reducing it to somewhat of a wiggle. The Hawaiian monk seal is Hawaii's only pinniped. It is a species that is considered endemic to the islands meaning that the species is unique to the region and is believed to have evolved there. Hawaiian monk seals breed in the remote Northwestern Hawaiian Islands, the chain of islands stretching 1,200 miles northwest from Honolulu to Kure Atoll. These remote islands and atolls, mostly uninhabited by humans, provide the privacy the monk seals need. Occasionally, individual monk seals will haul up to rest on beaches of the main Hawaiian Islands, particularly those on Oahu and Kauai, but do not stay very long as they are sensitive to humans.

Female Hawaiian monk seals become sexually mature around six years of age. Mating has only been seen in the waters off the Northwestern Islands and usually in the spring and summer months. Pupping usually occurs on the sandy beaches or lava benches of the Northwestern Islands near shallow protected waters that afford the mother seal and her pup relative protection from the sharks that inhabit the area. Pups nurse for about six weeks. During the nursing period, the mother monk seal will not leave her pup to feed herself but subsists entirely on the energy stored in her blubber.

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Picture of Hawaiian monk seal, Monachus schauinslandi, endemic and highly endangered, with diver, Niihau Island, Hawaii, North Pacific Ocean

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Image of Hawaiian monk seal, Monachus schauinslandi, endemic and highly endangered, Lehua Rock near Niihau Island, Hawaii, Pacific Ocean

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Stock photo of endangered Hawaiian monk seal pup, Monachus schauinslandi, North West Hawaiian Islands

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Picture of Hawaiian monk seal, Monachus schauinslandi, endemic and highly endangered, Maui, Hawaii, Pacific Ocean

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Picture of Hawaiian monk seal, Monachus schauinslandi, endemic and highly endangered, on the beach, Midway Atoll, Hawaiian Islands

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Image of Hawaiian monk seal, Monachus schauinslandi, endemic and highly endangered, Lehua Rock near Niihau Island, Hawaii, Pacific Ocean

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Stock photo of Hawaiian monk seal, Monachus schauinslandi, endemic and highly endangered, Kealakekua Bay, Hawaii

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Picture of Hawaiian monk seal, Monachus schauinslandi, endemic and highly endangered, Oahu, Hawaii, Pacific Ocean

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Picture of Hawaiian monk seal, Monachus schauinslandi, endemic and highly endangered, Kealakekua Bay, Hawaii

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Image of Hawaiian monk seal, Monachus schauinslandi, endemic and highly endangered, swims off Lehua Rock, a tuft crater and seabird sanctuary near Niihau Island, Hawaii, Pacific Ocean

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Stock photo of Hawaiian monk seal, Monachus schauinslandi, endemic and highly endangered, Hawaii, Pacific

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Picture of Hawaiian monk seal, Monachus schauinslandi, yearling female, endemic and highly endangered, Hawaii, Pacific Ocean

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Picture of Hawaiian monk seal, Monachus schauinslandi, endemic and highly endangered, at dive site called Vertical Awareness at Lehua Rock, near Niihau, off Kauai, Hawaii

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Image of Hawaiian monk seal, Monachus schauinslandi, endemic and highly endangered, on beach Midway Island, North West Hawaiian Islands, Pacific Ocean

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Stock photo of Hawaiian monk seal, Monachus schauinslandi, endemic and highly endangered, Lehua Rock near Niihau Island, Hawaii, Pacific Ocean

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Picture of Hawaiian monk seal, Monachus schauinslandi, four-time mom on the Big Island, all on different beaches. With pup at Hakalau County Park in July 2005. She isn't named but has an oval scar on her right flank. Endangered and endemic, Hawaii the Big Island, Hawaii, Pacific Ocean.

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Picture of Hawaiian monk seal, Monachus schauinslandi, endemic and highly endangered, Pearl and Hermes reef, North West Hawaiian Islands, Pacific Ocean

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Image of Hawaiian monk seal, Monachus schauinslandi, endemic and highly endangered, and diver, Kealakekua Bay, Hawaii

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Stock photo of Hawaiian monk seal, Monachus schauinslandi, endemic and highly endangered, showing tiger shark bite, French Frigate Shoals, North West Hawaiian Islands, Pacific

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Picture of warning signs on beach at Wainapanapa State Park, Hana, Maui, Pacific, include those for Hawaiian monk seals, Monachus schauinslandi, jellyfish, man-o-war, and dangerous surf conditions

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