A special visitor


Our family has a “spot” on the beach near our home.  Sara walked over yesterday morning for a little beach time and quickly sent me a text that someone was sunbathing in our spot:

Keawakapu Monk Seal sunbathing
This is the Hawaiian Monk Seal, specifically an 11 year old female.   Since she is a member of an endangered species, there were signs posted around her to remind her adoring public that she needs her space and should not be disturbed.  I didn’t think taking a couple of pictures would disturb her, but the surf didn’t cooperate with her snooze:

Those sneaky waves!

We’ve had a pretty good swell going on the south shore for the past couple of days, and apparently she didn’t calculate enough distance for herself.  She got a good soaking, rolled about 3 times (not easy for a girl her size!) and moved up the beach a little:

Escaping the waves

It’s a bit of a pity that I didn’t have a video camera on me.  Although she is graceful in the water,  her locomotion on the sand is what I would call galumphing.

Once she moved past the (present) high tide mark, she settled comfortably on the sand but kept an eye on me:

Watching you!

Volunteers from the community were on the beach providing information about the Hawaiian Monk Seal (and making sure the two-leggers kept their distance.)  They assured me that this seal was healthy and had likely selected this spot (Our spot!) for a little R&R while she went through molting.  All that lovely green algae growing in her fur will be shed in the next few weeks as she drops that coat and a new one comes in.

I’ll keep you posted.

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8 thoughts on “A special visitor

  1. One more beautiful thing in beautiful Maui! What a special treat to see this seal. I do want to know if she had a stamp in her flipper and was doing ‘algae stamping’ on the beach!!! Ha ha ha!

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  2. oh Anne, this was sooooooooo interesting…. I am looking forward to the continuing saga…. I do hope everyone leaves her alone, bless her heart…. Thank you for sharing your little corner of the world….

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  3. That is just TOO AWESOME! Thanks for sharing. It’s my dream to visit Hawaii some day!! In fact, I was hoping it would be the Grand Vacation this year. I can keep dreaming! 🙂

    Thanks for writing your blog; I really enjoy reading it.

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  4. Thanks for the neat photos and information. How awesome to get to see such a special thing in nature! Thanks for sharing this as well as your fab creations. 🙂

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