LOve to swim with these guys and gals when on Maui, Kauai, Hawaii……….
The Hawaiian monk seal is the only seal native to Hawaii.
Known to native Hawaiians as ʻIlio-holo-i-ka-uaua, or “dog that runs in rough water”
These monk seals are a conservation reliant endangered species.
The small population of about 1,100 individuals is threatened by human encroachment, very low levels of genetic variation, entanglement in fishing nets, marine debris, disease, and past commercial hunting for skins.
Dedicated to the protection of marine life
IF YOU COME ACROSS ONE OF THESE BEAUTIES BASKING ON THE BEACH…
KEEP A SAFE DISTANCE
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I just love this song….aloha