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New Hawaiian Language Video Series: He Moʻolelo ʻĪliokai

Join us on a journey through the Hawaiian archipelago to learn more about the charismatic and endangered Hawaiian monk seal through He Moʻolelo ʻĪliokai, the Story of the Hawaiian Monk Seal.
September 25, 2023 - Feature Story ,
A seal dives off the coast of Nihoa island. It’s easy to imagine how biologists could miss the seals out to sea in a single-day survey. Credit: NOAA Fisheries (Permit #22677) A seal dives off the coast of Nihoa. Credit: NOAA Fisheries (Permit #22677)

Continuing a Conservation Science Legacy: 40 Years of Monitoring Hawaiian Monk Seals

For more than 40 years, our monitoring and recovery work in the Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument has been critical to guiding the protection of Hawaiian monk seals.
September 06, 2023 - Feature Story ,
A rainbow appears over the shoreline with a row of green wall tents, two boats moored offshore, and dozens of albatross chicks sitting on the beach. The Hawaiian monk seal Assessment and Recovery Camp at the remote atoll of Manawai. Credit: NOAA Fisheries/Jessica Bohlander (Permit # 848-1695)

Hawai‘i Marine Animal Response Earns 2023 Partner in the Spotlight Award

NOAA recognizes Hawaiʻi Marine Animal Response for its dedicated work in helping to conserve and recover the endangered Hawaiian monk seal.
August 30, 2023 - Feature Story ,
A group photo of seven taking a photo with a picture frame after receiving an award. Hawaiʻi Marine Animal Response receives the 2023 Hawaiian Monk Seal Partner in the Spotlight award. Credit: NOAA Fisheries

$1 Million for Sea Turtle and Hawaiian Monk Seal Conservation in the Pacific Islands

NOAA Fisheries Pacific Islands Regional Office proposes funding for more than a dozen international and Hawaiʻi-based projects that help the recovery of sea turtles and Hawaiian monk seals.
June 16, 2023 - Feature Story ,
Project staff standing in a sand hole removing nested turtle eggs and placing them on the top surface to count. A field ranger with the Buru Island leatherback turtle project excavates a nest to collect data on hatching success to measure reproductive output. Credit: Yayasan World Wildlife Fund-Indonesia/Dicky Bisinglasi

Return to Lalo: Turtle and Seal Biologists Deploy to Papahānaumokuākea for the 2023 Field Season

Field researchers return to the Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument to monitor Hawaiian monk seals and green sea turtles at Lalo.
June 13, 2023 - Feature Story ,
Map of the Hawaiian Archipelago of Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument being outlined (original and expanded). A map of the Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument with the atoll, Lalo, circled in orange. Credit: NOAA

The Endangered Species Act: 50 Years of Conserving Species

Celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Endangered Species Act by learning more about NOAA's work to conserve endangered species and their habitats.
50th Anniversary of the Endangered Species Act with smalltooth sawfish, green turtle, Atlantic salmon, staghorn, North Atlantic right whale, and Tubastraea floreana

Mother Monk Seal Births Pup in Waikīkī for the Second Time

RK96 (Kaiwi) has given birth to a pup at Kaimana Beach, Oʻahu. Give the pair at least 150 feet of space as they nurse in the area for the next 5–7 weeks. 
April 14, 2023 - Feature Story ,
Mother seal with new born pup (in black) resting on a busy beach on a sunny day. Hawaiian monk seal RK96 (Kaiwi) and her newborn pup. Credit: Hawai‘i Marine Animal Response