Monk seal on the rocks
Hawaiian monk seals are endemic to Hawaii. They’re a critically endangered species, with a current population of only 1,100. Most live in the northwestern atolls with about 200 around the main Hawaiian islands. Many seals can be identified either by a tag in their hind flippers or by a number bleached on sides. This seal is IO5 who has never been bleached, but still has a remnant of a tag to help identify him. Monk seals are most often seen on beaches or sheltered ledges, such as this one, when they haul out to rest.
For more information about Hawaiian monk seals, go to www.pifsc.noaa.gov/hawaiian_monk_seal/ or www.marinemammalcenter.org/hawaii.