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Spoting a monk seal by Wesley Fortin on 500px.  Shot this image while in Hawaii with my family and we saw this beautiful Hawaiian monk seal and my daughter's were talking to it while it was basking in the sun.

Spoting a monk seal by Wesley Fortin on 500px. Shot this image while in Hawaii with my family and we saw this beautiful Hawaiian monk seal and my daughter's were talking to it while it was basking in the sun.

With fewer than 1,100 left in existence, the Hawaiian monk seal is the most endangered marine mammal in the world.   Still Can't Believe Tyler and I Saw One for a Moment Near Diamond Head. gahhh

With fewer than 1,100 left in existence, the Hawaiian monk seal is the most endangered marine mammal in the world. Still Can't Believe Tyler and I Saw One for a Moment Near Diamond Head. gahhh

Hawaiian Monk Seal: Known as Ilio holo I ka uaua, which means, "dog that runs in rough water", only about 1200 survive.

Hawaiian Monk Seal: Known as Ilio holo I ka uaua, which means, "dog that runs in rough water", only about 1200 survive.

WAIMANU & KEŌKEA — Family Feud! This is what happens when you try to come between a mom and her pup. Waimanu (RW34) is doing a great job of protecting Keōkea … our newest addition to the critically endangered Hawaiian Monk Seal family on the Big Island. | By Julie Steelman, 12/8/2013

WAIMANU & KEŌKEA — Family Feud! This is what happens when you try to come between a mom and her pup. Waimanu (RW34) is doing a great job of protecting Keōkea … our newest addition to the critically endangered Hawaiian Monk Seal family on the Big Island. | By Julie Steelman, 12/8/2013

Hawaiian Monk Seal – love these guys.  The Hawaiian monk seal, Monachus schauinslandi, is an endangered species of earless seal in the Phocidae family that is endemic to the Hawaiian Islands.  The Hawaiian monk seal is the only seal native to Hawaii.

Hawaiian Monk Seal – love these guys. The Hawaiian monk seal, Monachus schauinslandi, is an endangered species of earless seal in the Phocidae family that is endemic to the Hawaiian Islands. The Hawaiian monk seal is the only seal native to Hawaii.

Hawaiian Monk Seal (one of the rarest mammals in the world) - (Top 10 Endangered Animals)

Hawaiian Monk Seal (one of the rarest mammals in the world) - (Top 10 Endangered Animals)

Hawaiian Monk Seal - highly endangered species of earless seal in the family Phocidae that is endemic to the Hawaiian Islands. classified as Critically Endangered (CR) by the IUCN Red List

Hawaiian Monk Seal - highly endangered species of earless seal in the family Phocidae that is endemic to the Hawaiian Islands. classified as Critically Endangered (CR) by the IUCN Red List

The Hawaiian monk seal is one of the rarest marine mammals in the world. Part of the "true seal" family (Phocidae), they are one of only two remaining monk seal species. … Isolated from their closest relative 15 million years ago, Hawaiian monk seals are considered a "living fossil" because of their distinct evolutionary lineage. // Population of Hawaiian monk seal:  <1200 // Population of Harp Seal: 7.3 million (in Canadian waters alone) #sealhunt

The Hawaiian monk seal is one of the rarest marine mammals in the world. Part of the "true seal" family (Phocidae), they are one of only two remaining monk seal species. … Isolated from their closest relative 15 million years ago, Hawaiian monk seals are considered a "living fossil" because of their distinct evolutionary lineage. // Population of Hawaiian monk seal: <1200 // Population of Harp Seal: 7.3 million (in Canadian waters alone) #sealhunt

WAIMANU & KEŌKEA — The debate between brother & sister (Waimanu/RW34) Hawaiian Monk Seals continues while Big Island pup Keōkea wants to eat.  … our newest addition to the critically endangered Hawaiian Monk Seal family on the Big Island. | By Julie Steelman, 12/9/2013

WAIMANU & KEŌKEA — The debate between brother & sister (Waimanu/RW34) Hawaiian Monk Seals continues while Big Island pup Keōkea wants to eat. … our newest addition to the critically endangered Hawaiian Monk Seal family on the Big Island. | By Julie Steelman, 12/9/2013

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