Monk seal found cruising Kona’s Papawai Beach

Posted: January 22, 2009 by Nathan Kam in Hawaii, the Big Island, Hawaii, the Big Island, Hawaiian Islands, Travel
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My mom sent me some cool photos this morning of a Hawaiian monk seal that was found hanging out at her work place yesterday. I couldn’t help but share the pictures. It’s not everyday you encounter a monk seal and a friendly reminder that if you do, to keep your distance. They are an endangered species. Here’s the story:

While cleaning Papawai Beach yesterday morning, one of our grounds crew discovered this teenage monk seal lounging at the main campsite.  I heard it gave him quite a scare.   According to DLNR, this monk seal has been spotted at various beaches on the West Hawaii coast, most recently Honokohau Beach, and is becoming a problem.  “Jr.” was observed going back in the water late yesterday afternoon.

Please note that Papawai Beach is located on private Queen Liliuokalani Trust land in Kona.





[Photos courtesy of Lyle Gomes.]
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  1. JASON says:

    It is sooo cute!!!!!!

  2. MAILE says:

    Mahalo for sharing this with us! We signed up our keiki now we can make the reservation to go see da monk seal!! Aloha Ke Akua~

  3. Dan Zelikman says:

    Oh man, that guy looks super fun, can I adopt him as the Anthology pet?

  4. Melissa says:

    I look like that when I nap. Especially that 3rd photo. (No wonder I’m still single.)

  5. A Maui Blog says:

    Wow! thanks for sharing these photo.

    We saw one at the Keanae shore about two years ago. But this one is next to a picnic table? 🙂

  6. Robyn says:

    When they show their fat bellies like that, it’s so hard not to want to pat them. Not that I’d try; I value my fingers.

  7. Sheila says:

    Mahalo, Nathan’s Mom, for sharing these photos.:)

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