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Monk Seal Behavior Spotlight: Male Dominance Displays

Male Hawaiian monk seals sometimes “cruise” beaches and get into scuffles with one another—and it all has to do with mating. 
August 30, 2022 - Science Blog ,
Two male Hawaiian monk seals arguing in the water. Two male monk seals face off at the water’s edge on a Kauaʻi beach. Credit: NOAA Fisheries/Joseph Bennington-Castro

Counting Hawaiian Monk Seals

Learn how NOAA estimates the number of Hawaiian monk seals and accounts for uncertainty in the numbers.
April 28, 2022 - Science Blog ,
Two young seals rest on a beach in the Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument. Credit: NOAA Fisheries (Permit #22677) Two young seals rest on a beach in the Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument. Credit: NOAA Fisheries (Permit #22677)

Keepin' it Reel: When Your Catch of the Day is Not What You Expected

A seal biologist’s experience on the wrong end of the line reminds us that we must be careful when fishing around protected species.
December 04, 2020 - Science Blog ,
Hawaiian monk seal RKA6 laying on beach with a hook in its mouth Hawaiian monk seal RKA6 resting on the beach with a hooked lip. Photo: Gary Langley.

Four Generations of Hawaiian Monk Seals

A surprise discovery tells the story of one female's contribution to a population of endangered Hawaiian monk seals.
April 03, 2020 - Research ,

Taking a Deep Dive into a Land-based Threat to Hawaiian Monk Seals

Working together across the sciences to combat toxoplasmosis in wildlife.
November 25, 2019 - Research ,
 Infographic: A Cat-Borne Threat to Monk Seals: How Toxoplasma gondii makes it way from mountains to ocean. Infographic of toxoplasma from land to sea.

Field Notes: NOAA Ship Sets out to Collect Field Biologists in the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands

The 2019 field season was to retrieve monk seal and sea turtle biologists after three months of research activities in the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands.
August 13, 2019 - Survey ,

Field Camp Dispatches: Letter from Laysan

Researchers monitor two rehabilitated monk seal pups after release at a Laysan Island field camp in the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands.
July 11, 2019 - Research ,
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Imua! Going Forward Island by Island to Clean Marine Debris

Northwestern Hawaiian Islands Marine Debris Mission 2018

The marine debris team travels to the shores of the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands aboard the vessel Imua.
October 30, 2018 - Science Blog ,