Monk Seal of the Month Archive »


  • Hawaiian monk seal, R5AY, resting on the beach with her pup.

    July | R5AY: Honey Girl's Story of Struggle and Salvation in Paradise

    A long-time resident of O‘ahu whose life was saved after she was seriously injured and nearly starved due to a fishery interaction.

  • Hawaiian monk seal, R006, monk seal of the month for June resting on the beach.

    June | R006: The legacy of Mama Eve

    One of the first known monk seal moms in the main Hawaiian Islands. First seal known to give birth at Kalaupapa, Moloka‘i and matriarch of a long line of seals born at Kalaupapa. Grandmother of the youngest known monk seal to give birth, RI15, who had her first pup at 4 years of age.

  • Hawaiian monk seal, RS00, the first female to pup on Hawai‘i Island in recent times.

    May | RS00: The Seal Who Journeyed Across the Archipelago

    Among the seals in the Hawaiian Islands, Ewa Girl has the most wanderlust. That is, she has traveled the furthest and, in the process, expanded the monk seal pupping range to Hawai‘i Island.

  • Hawaiian monk seal, RZ20, the first O‘ahu pup who blossomed on Kure Atoll

    April | The First O‘ahu Pup Who Blossomed on Kure Atoll

    Petunia was the first monk seal born on O‘ahu in modern times. Born on the "ides of March" in 1991 on the North Shore, she was 24-years old when seen last in 2015. Shortly after her birth, severe flooding from a heavy rain storm washed her out to sea. But thanks to round-the-clock monitoring of this notable first-born, rescue teams were able to reunite Petunia with her mother. What a lucky pup!

  • Hawaiian monk seal, Y377, the grand dame of monk seals sleeping on the beach

    March | The Grand Dame of Monk Seals

    People often ask how long monk seals can live, and despite that we've been studying this species for more than three decades, we still don't know the answer to this question. Since the early 1980s, the Hawaiian Monk Seal Research Program has been tagging newly weaned pups and following them throughout their lives. Y377 turned 32 years old in 2016, making her, to our knowledge, the oldest wild seal based on tagging data.