Rare Hawaiian Monk Seal

We had a special visitor today on the west side of Maui during our private surf lesson… a rare, endangered, Hawaiian Monk Seal. Its estimated that there are fewer than 1,200 left in the world with only about 150 in the Main Hawaiian Islands. The remaining live in the minor outlying “Northwest Hawaiian Islands”. It is recommended that people do not come within 150 feet of a monk seal and its against federal law to disturb a Hawaiian Monk Seal. If you happen to see a Hawaiian Monk Seal while in Maui please report it to the NOAA Maui Monk Seal Hotline: 808-292-2372. The state wide 24 hour NOAA number is: 1-888-256-9840