learn more about this endangered species below

What do Hawaiian Monk Seals look like?

Hawaiian Monk Seals skins looks gray with silver-gray underparts. Other light patches with red and green tint coloration are commonly found from attached algae. Females grow slightly larger than males, and males backs may become darker with age. They weigh from 375 lbs-450 lbs and they are 7.0-7.5 feet long. Pups weigh about 35 lbs at birth and are about 3 ft long. Hawaiian monk seals are known as the "most primitive of living seals" and they have streamlined bodies which make them good swimmers.

What do they eat?

Most Hawaiian Monk Seals eat fish, lobsters and octopi which live in shallow water close to the shore. However, this species has been also known for traveling long periods of time in the open sea and can dive up to 600 ft underwater to find food, while the Mediterranean Monk Seal only dives up to 100 ft at a time.

Where does this species live and what are some of its hobbies?

Hawaiian Monk Seals are found in small, empty islands and atolls of the northwestern Hawaiian islands. They live in reefs, beaches and coves. These creatures mostly spend their days relaxing in damp sand close to the ocean to prevent overheating.

Scientific Classification

Kingdom: Animalia, Phylum: Chordata, Class: Mammalia, Order: Carnivora, Family: Phocidae, Genus: Monachus, Species: Schauinslandi



During the spring and summer, Hawaiian Monk Seals migrate to remote, mainly empty northern Hawaiian islands to breed. That is where males will go to the water and try to mate with as many females as possible. Mating itself takes place in the water. Following this process, the pup is born after the female seal carries it in her womb for 11 months.

The Monachus schauinslandi

Hazards and Explanations

In the 1800s, seal hunting almost erased the entire species, but they were once again found and were instantly placed on the endangered species list. Today, there have been a number of seals that have been discovered with dangerous toxin, called ciguatoxin, which is found by marine algae. Many Hawaiian Monk Seals have been exposed heavily to this toxin which allow many challenges for this species. They are also bothered by humans because of reef poisining and shark attacks. Today, many islands have been reserved for this species and there are only less than 1,000 seals left in the wild. I think that Hawaiians should completely discontinue seal hunting and especially try to save the pups, so this species could reproduce to its normal number.

What does God say?

And God said, “Let the land produce living creatures according to their kinds: the livestock, the creatures that move along the ground, and the wild animals, each according to its kind.” And it was so. Genesis 1:24, God made the wild animals according to their kinds, the livestock according to their kinds, and all the creatures that move along the ground according to their kinds. And God saw that it was good. Genesis 1:25,Then God said, “Let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness, so that they may rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky, over the livestock and all the wild animals, and over all the creatures that move along the ground.” Genesis 1:26 God gave us dominion over the earth and knowledge to care about animals. We should not hurt animals because the Lord created them according to its own kind, and He thought that they were good.

Fun Fact!

The monk seal is named for its folds of skin that somewhat resemble a monk & cowl, and because it is usually seen alone or in small groups. Hawaiians call the seal `Ilio holo I ka uaua, which means, "dog that runs in rough water."