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Weaned! The lives and questionable choices of Laysan’s youngest seals

By Hope Ronco, Helena Dodge, and Kristen Tovar Laysan Island has approximately 250 resident Hawaiian monk seals, which is the most of all the islands and atolls in the archipelago. When we arrived on island, one of our primary goals … Continue reading

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The Beginning of the End…of the Season: The 19-day mission to recover monk seal field camps and save seals

This morning the sun rose into a clear blue sky, the wind gently tousled the flags on the ship’s masts, and the sea rolled slow and steady with barely a ripple on the surface.  These are perfect conditions for our … Continue reading

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Rocky and Kaimana

Jessie Bohlander On June 29th, 2017, for reasons we will never know, Rocky (RH58), a 17 year old female Hawaiian monk seal decided to have her tenth pup at one of her favorite haul out sites on Oahu: Kaimana Beach, … Continue reading

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Fattened Up on Fish-Popcicles: How to Rehabilitate a Hawaiian Monk Seal

by Stacie Robinson Start the day thawing and weighing out fish for the day. Add vitamins to each seal’s first fish. 8:00am feed the seals, wash the dishes. Entertain the animals, maybe with a sprinkler or a delicious frozen fish-cicle … Continue reading

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Hawaiian monk seals and pathogens: An ounce of prevention

by Michelle Barbieri Ever wondered how to reboot a propane-powered refrigerator? Flipping it upside-down is actually a viable strategy. This is the latest challenge overcome by our remote Northwestern Hawaiian Islands field teams in the initial stages of the summer … Continue reading

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Monk seal team visits Nihoa

Photos and post by Siri Hakala June 23 Yesterday morning there was a knock on our stateroom door. Jessie Lopez (Chief Scientist) and Charles Littnan (Lead of the Hawaiian Monk Seal Research Program) were inviting me to join the crew … Continue reading

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