Thursday, September 24, 2009

Monk Seal In the News


We caught this monk seal waking up from a snooze on Kauai's Larsen's Beach. His 17 month old relative, KP2, is now making news on Molokai. We hope all this attention brings awareness to the fact that these mammals are endangered and need protection. Cute all right, but definitely not pet material.

The monk seal is named for its folds of skin that somewhat resemble a monk's cowl, and because it is usually seen alone or in small groups. Hawaiians call the seal `Ilio holo I ka uaua, which means, "dog that runs in rough water." If you are lucky enough to see one, stay your distance and photograph only with a telephoto lens. Do not disturb.

Some current info:

www.youtube.com/watch?v=mT2X8jbez3o

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB125296869822910133.html

www.cbsnews.com/stories/2009/09/15/eveningnews/main5313974.shtml

http://www.themolokaidispatch.com/?q=node/3375

www.monksealmania.blogspot.com/2009/09/kp2-going-national.html

http://gawker.com/5359763/baby-seals-the-silent-killer


We hope he will be relocated in the wild successfully.