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Hawaiian Monk Seal Updates 2018

2018 monk seal updates from NOAA Fisheries in the Pacific Islands.


Viewing Marine Life

Watching marine animals in their natural habitat can be a positive way to promote conservation and respect for animals and their environment.

On Shipwreck Beach on the south coast of Kauai, Hawaii, an endangered Hawaiian monk seal takes a nap on the beach. The sign in the foreground instructs people to walk around the seal.

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