Hawaiian monk seals often find themselves in difficult situations, and our staff works hard to prevent and reduce threats to this highly-endangered species. While eel removals are rare, did you know that there are lots of other ways that we protect and save Hawaiian monk seals? All of these individual rescues can add up to saving a species: research shows that 32% of the current Hawaiian monk seal population is alive today because of medical and rescue interventions. Here are some examples:
1. We treat injuries.
2. We remove fishing hooks.
3. We vaccinate seals.
4. We remove marine debris.
5. We free trapped seals.
6. We relocate pups.
8. We reunite pups and mothers.
9. We provide medicine.
10. We share the shore.
How can you help?
What can you do?
- Keep beaches clean.
- Reduce, reuse, recycle.
- Keep seals wild—give them space.
- When fishing, pull your fishing line in until the seal leaves the area.
- Keep cats exclusively indoors. Cats that live outdoors spread the Toxoplasma gondii parasite, which is lethal to monk seals and other native wildlife.
- Vaccinate your pets and keep dogs leashed at all times. Dogs have injured and even killed monk seals through attacks and bites, and they can disturb seals resting on the beach. They can also transmit diseases to seals.
- Promote healthy oceans.
- Share your enthusiasm and educate others.
All photos taken under research permit.