Posted by: kauaikolea2 | March 14, 2012

Monk Seals on Kaua’i


It is truly a treat to come across a monk seal in your travels on island. At Islander on the Beach,  we have a frequent guest. When the monk seal comes for a visit on our beach, you will find that the area has been marked off with yellow tape so that the seal can rest undisturbed (like many of us would like to do when we are sitting on the beach!).

The Hawaiian monk seal is the most endangered mammal species in the world, and is sadly headed towards extinction.  They get their name “monk seal” because they are solitary animals, like some orders of monks. The Hawaiian monk seal is 1 of 2 remaining monk seal species, and is a seal native to Hawaii. We have just a small population of about 1100 individuals, and they are threatened by human encroachment.

Most Hawaiian monk seals can be found around the northwest Hawaiian islands, including Kaua’i.  They spend most of their lives at sea, but do come to shore to give birth, to molt, and to find shelter during heavy storms.  Monk seals mature at 5 to 10 years of age and can live for 25 to 30 years, although many new seal pups fail to reach adulthood.

If luck should have it, you will see our resident seal basking in the sun on our beach.  Please remember that monk seals are protected animals and you are not allowed to approach them, touch them, or bother them in any way.  Stiff fines are given to anyone who harms a monk seal.

Want to see our resident monk seal? Book safely and securely with Hula Now on line at www.hulanow.com:

Islander on the Beach

Unit 111: Partial Ocean View – Ground floor – 2 Full Beds

Unit 170: Partial Ocean View – Ground floor – 2 Full Beds

Unit 222: Almost Ocean Front – Second Floor – Queen Bed

Unit 250: Ocean Front – Second Floor – King Bed

Unit 361: Ocean View – Third Floor – King Bed

Kauai Beach Resort

Unit 1317: Lagoon/Partial Ocean View – Third Floor – King Bed

Kapaa Sands

Unit 7: Ocean Front Coastal Views – Second Floor – Queen Bed

Unit 9: Ocean Front Coastal Views – Second Floor – Queen Bed

Our friend is catching some rays on the warm and sunny beach…….

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