Monk Seals of Makena

Follows are embedded video of Various Monk Seals observed in Makena State Park. My suggestion is scroll down and read the descriptions. Some shorts have more action than others. You may want to see shots of the seal going in the water or coming out. A lot of time a seal just takes a nap. Videos are grouped by date of the hauling out.

Monk Seals Haul out July 9 through July ...



Heard that on Tuesday July 8, 2008 both seals were on the rocks late in the afternoon about 3:30 pm

Photo by Don Williams This photo was taken Wednesday July 9, 2008 just off the northern most point beyond Little Beach at Makena State Park. In the foreground is a ten year old male. In the background is Surfer Girl. They were seen swimming into the cave behind them. A few minutes ( five) they would surface and take a few breaths before returning to the cave.

Thursday July 10, 2008 In this shot you can see the white spot which is the distinguishing feature for this seal. It is essentially a birth mark.

Friday July 11, 2008 I spotted the seals on the point. Usually I take some shots before I give the monk seal coordinator a call. On this occassion I did not and apparently the sound of my voice encouraged them to take off into the water. They would bob up and down throughout the day.

Latter I joined them in the water and got some interesting underwater shots as they swam in and out of a cave below the point.

Saturday July 12, 2008 I had the good fortune to come in early and see the pair swimming North. I moved ahead and on to the high ground and got some incrediable footage of the pair hopping up onto the lava flow.

Sunday July 13, 2008 Although I made a few trips over I never saw the seals.

This is a photo of Surfer Girl taken on July 14, 2008. Note reddish cast to area along back.

Photo taken July 14, 2008. Note reddish cast to area along back.

Photo taken July 14 as Suffer Girl returns to the water. The same area of the back seems to be free of imperfections shown above. Prior to leaving Surfer Girl had rolled over on her back and was buffeted by a few waves. If there had been some material on her skin it could have easily been removed at this time.

I went looking for the monk seals about 10. With no luck I headed back at about 11. About 12:30 I learned that a seal was at the point and had been observed on the rocks the better part of the previous hour. I headed down and found the seal in the water.

One woman gave me an account of the seal taking a fish off the line of the fisherman. Latter she talked of the seal tossing the fish head about.

Friends of Makena State Park

 Friends of Makena State Park was formally formed in 2003 to assist the Hawai'i Department of Land and Natural Resources in the stewardship of  Makena State Park.

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