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Rehabilitated Hawaiian Monk Seals Return to Kuaihelani

Three monk seals return to Midway Atoll at Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument after struggling with malnourishment. They now have a second chance at survival.
April 05, 2023 - Feature Story ,
Hawaiian monk seal with satellite tag swimming in the waters after being released back into the wild. Rehabilitated Hawaiian monk seals explore their new habitat after a successful release into the wild at Kuaihelani (Midway Atoll). Credit: USFWS/Andy Sullivan-Haskins (NOAA Fisheries Permit #24359)

What One Health Means to Wildlife Conservation, Human and Veterinary Medicine

A NOAA ecologist and professionals from human and veterinary medical fields discuss what’s next after Hawaiʻi One Health Month in January 2023.
March 24, 2023 - Podcast ,

How One Health Benefits Hawaiian Monk Seals

One Health Month highlights threats to monk seals and how you can help.
March 24, 2023 - Feature Story ,
cat near seal

Meet Some of Our Hawaiian Monk Seal Matriarchs

Honoring trailblazing female monk seals who have significantly helped build the seal population in the main Hawaiian Islands.
March 23, 2023 - Feature Story ,
Hawaiian monk seal and her pup snuggling on each others neck in the waters by the rocks. R006 relaxes with one of her many pups at Kalaupapa, Molokaʻi. Credit: NOAA Fisheries

Reef Assessment and Mapping Mission to the Central Pacific

Aboard a NOAA Ship, scientists will measure water depths for seafloor mapping and gather information on corals, fish, and changing ocean conditions.
March 09, 2023 - Feature Story ,
A small orange boat is craned over the side of a big white ship with an island in the background A NOAA ship launches a small survey boat during its last visit to American Samoa in 2018. Credit: NOAA Fisheries/Evan Freel.

Famous Waikīkī Pup Gives Birth Outside of the Spotlight

North Shore students gift name Uʻi Mea Ola to first Oʻahu monk seal pup of 2023. 
February 23, 2023 - Feature Story ,
Black Hawaiian monk seal pup laying on its back on the left and mom on the right resting on the beach. res Hawaiian monk seal RJ58 (Kaimana) and her pup. Credit: Hawaiʻi Marine Animal Response (Permit #24359)

Honu Count: Report Sightings of Numbered Sea Turtles in Hawai‘i

A new online survey allows you to report when you see green sea turtles, or honu, with white numbers and letters etched temporarily on their shells. Become a citizen scientist and contribute to a valuable source of data for sea turtles in Hawai‘i!
February 02, 2023 - Feature Story ,
Four green sea turtles with white shell alpha-numerical markings bask or rest on a sandy beach next to a rocky coastline with palm trees, blue sky, and ocean waves in the distance.

The Monk Seal Chronicles: Mimi and the “Monk Seal Matriarchs”

Special guest biologist Mimi Olry joins the podcast to discuss her experiences working with Hawaiian monk seals on Kaua‘i—especially individual “monk seal moms.”
January 30, 2023 - Podcast ,
A Hawaiian monk seal rests on the beach at the edge of the waves with a small, darker pup by her side. Female Hawaiian monk seal RO28, one of the “monk seal matriarchs,” and her pup on Kaua‘i. Credit: Val Bloy

Now Available: 2023 Share the Shore & Sea Calendar

Organize your year and enjoy marine wildlife art in our 2023 Share the Shore & Sea Calendar, which is now available to download and print at home.
January 09, 2023 - Feature Story ,
Art work - viewing a sea turtle from a distance. Mary C., Grade 9, American Samoa · Sea Turtle · Paint

2019 Report of Marine Mammal Strandings in the United States

These national and regional marine mammal stranding overviews detail marine mammal stranding rates, trends, and activities in the United States in a given year. In 2019, there were 7,719 confirmed marine mammal strandings in the United States.
Stranding Network members perform an animal autopsy on a stranded gray whale that lies within a sectioned off area of the beach. A team of scientists from The Marine Mammal Center and the California Academy of Sciences perform a necropsy on a stranded gray whale at San Francisco’s Ocean Beach. Photo: Katie D’Innocenzo/The Marine Mammal Center.