Hawaiian Monk Seal Resting at Pu’uhonua o Honaunau National Historical Park
There is a new visitor to the park today…a Hawaiian Monk Seal!
With a population of approximately 1100, the Hawaiian Monk Seal is critically endangered and may be headed toward extinction if the reduction in the population continues at the current pace. The Hawaiian monk seals are one of the most endangered mammals in Hawaii. Even with federal and state protection, the population is steadily declining at a rate of about 4% a year.
Lifespan of a monk seal is about 25 – 30 years; they can weigh up to 400 pounds and grow to 7 feet. The monk seal visiting the park is a female. On the Big Island of Hawaii, there may only be about 4 to 6 monks seals residing at any given time.