Monk Seal Pups Surveyed and Assisted During Abbreviated Field Season

Hawaiian monk seal
Hawaiian monk seal

On August 5th, PIFSC monk seal scientists returned from field camps in the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands (NWHI) on board the NOAA Ship Oscar Elton Sette. In a shorter-than usual 7-week field season, the researchers completed a variety of monitoring protocols to bolster knowledge of the endangered Hawaiian monk seal population in the NWHI. The field team documented the birth of 120 monk seal pups in the NWHI. Researchers in the main Hawaiian Islands (MHI) recorded an additional 14 pups there.

Number of Hawaiian monk seal pups born in 2012
Northwestern Hawaiian Islands
Nihoa7
Mokumanamana (Necker)5
French Frigate Shoals31
Laysan29
Lisianski15
Pearl and Hermes10
Midway10
Kure13
Total NWHI120
Main Hawaiian Islands
Molokai6
Kauai4
Oahu3
Kahoolawe1
Total MHI14
 
Total NWHI + MHI134

In the NWHI, monk seal biologists also conducted intervention measures in efforts to improve seal survival:

In MHI interventions: