The Hawaiian monk seal, Monachus schauinslandi, is known to the Native Hawaiians as 'ilio-holo-i-ka-uaua', or "dog that runs in rough water".

Hawaiian Monk Seal
Hawaiian Monk SealCourtesy Karen Holman and James Watt

This endangered seal, along with the Hawaiian Hoary Bat, are the only mammals endemic to the Hawaiian Archipelago: they are found nowhere else in the world.

Seals can be injured or killed by becoming entangled in marine debris.

There are fewer than 1200 Hawaiian monk seals left in the wild. If you are lucky enough to see one on a beach or swimming, please keep your distance and do not disturb them: they are protected by both state and federal laws. 

Your Comments, Thoughts, Questions, Ideas

jordie's picture
jordie says:

i love seals!!

posted on Mon, 11/29/2010 - 9:00pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

seals are so friggen awesome!!!

posted on Sat, 01/15/2011 - 6:42pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

seals are so cool to watch them swim like that they rock and roll them they make me want to go to ocean seal have awsome flipers seals should have a movie it should be called seals wheels

posted on Tue, 11/30/2010 - 11:51am
Ava's picture
Ava says:

Seals are fun to watch at the aquarium. I like to watch them being fed.

posted on Sat, 01/08/2011 - 9:14pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

I feeil bad for the animal that are living like this.

posted on Sun, 01/16/2011 - 6:49pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

this is sad because they are very majestic animals and they are close to extinction

posted on Sun, 01/30/2011 - 5:54pm
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Gabby says:

i love those cute SEALS!!!!!!!!!!!!!! YEAH!!!!!!!!!!! here is whaat my friend Maya and Alana want to say they are cute, cuddly and super fluffy, soft, adorableand chubby

posted on Sun, 01/30/2011 - 8:48pm

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