The dog ‘running in the rough seas’ takes a break from the waves
With the high surf in the park over the last few days, we have had a monk seal take refuge from the waves on a beach off the park’s rocky coastline. He was sighted the previous day in 25 ft waves trying to land at Kaloko fishpond.
The monk seal is known in Hawaiian as Ilio-holo-i-ka-uaua, which means “dog running in the rough seas,” or na mea hulu, which means “the furry one.” Hawaiian monk seals are endemic to the Hawaiian Islands (they are found nowhere else on earth).The Hawaiian monk seal is one of only two mammals indigenous to Hawaii’s terrestrial environment (the other is the hoary bat). Hawaiian monk seals are one of the most endangered animal species in the world. Only about 1,100 seals are left and their overall population is in decline and is Hawaii’s official state mammal. For More information: http://www.fpir.noaa.gov/PRD/prd_hms_learn_about.html