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Hawaii Marine Animal Response
Hawaii Marine Animal Response

One super fun addition to the Waikīkī scene this year was a little Hawaiian Monk Seal pup, who was named for her birthplace, Kaimana.  More than two million followed Kaimana on the live webcam and over a thousand people visited her daily.  Even though the photos many of us took looked like two slugs on a sand lot, the thrill of seeing them in person got us down there time after time.

Hawaiian Monk Seal Population On The Rise

Jan 25, 2017
NOAA
NOAA

New data reveals some good news for Hawaiian monk seals. According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, population numbers for the endangered species are on the rise. HPR’s Molly Solomon has more.

Molly Solomon
Molly Solomon

A 14 year old Hawaiian monk seal is back in the water after a lifesaving surgery to remove a fishing hook he swallowed. Scientists from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration released RE-74, also known as Benny, after a two-week recovery period.

The Conversation: Thursday, May 5th, 2016

May 5, 2016
Wikipedia

Large-Scale Composting in Hawai‘i County; The Outlook for Hawaiian Monk Seals; Transgender Students in Hawai‘i Schools; Turning Wartime Trauma into Art

Hawaii County Bill 197, RE: Composting Facility: Councilmember Karen Eoff

Hawaiian Monk Seal Vaccinations Begin On Oahu

Feb 22, 2016
Flickr / Robin Wendler
Flickr / Robin Wendler

Researchers say the endangered Hawaiian monk seal population is on the rise. But so is the threat of a fatal virus that could wipe out the native species if it reaches Hawai‘i. HPR’s Molly Solomon reports on new efforts to prevent a future outbreak.

In case you’ve ever wondered how to vaccinate a wild Hawaiian monk seal, the first thing you’ll need is one of these. “This is a pole-syringe,” said Michelle Barbieri, holding up a 4-foot long spring loaded pole. She’s a veterinarian for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Hawaiian monk seal program.

Michelle Barbieri
Michelle Barbieri

An abandoned monk seal pup is now being cared for in Kona.

The emaciated pup was found on Monday during a survey being conducted by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on Ni‘ihau.  Rescue workers who discovered the seal waited to see if the seals mother would return.  When it was clear she was gone, they arranged for the seals transport.  The Robinson family and the US Coast guard transported the pup to the Ke Kai Ola monk seal rehabilitation facility in Kona.

Critical Habitat Expanded for Hawaiian Monk Seals

Aug 20, 2015
Flickr/Jim Mullhaupt
Flickr/Jim Mullhaupt

More protections are on the way for the Hawaiian monk seal. Federal officials issued a final rule on the marine mammal’s critical habitat, expanding it by nearly 7,000 square miles. And as HPR’s Molly Solomon reports, the new rule could go a long way in helping the endangered species survive.

Read the full ruling here:

NOAA Prepares for Hawaiian Monk Seal Vaccinations

Jul 22, 2015
Flickr / Geordie Mott
Flickr / Geordie Mott

Measles is a virus often associated with children. But a form of measles could threaten one of the state’s critically endangered marine mammals. And that’s got officials with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration jumping into action. HPR’s Molly Solomon reports.

Saving a Species, One Monk Seal at a Time

Apr 6, 2015
Flickr / Jim Mullhaupt
Flickr / Jim Mullhaupt

Two endangered Hawaiian monk seals have been nursed back to health at the Marine Mammal Center’s Hawaiian Monk Seal Hospital. After spending the past five months at the Kona facility, they were recently returned to their home in the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands. And as HPR’s Molly Solomon reports, this success story is important in maintaining the survival of this critically endangered species.

  A new facility is opening on Hawai‘i Island to treat endangered marine mammals. And it’s already got its first patients. HPR’s Sherry Bracken talked with a scientist just after they arrived at Honokohau Harbor in Kona.

Can the Hawaiian Monk Seal Survive Rising Sea Levels?

Dec 12, 2013
Flickr / f//stop
Flickr / f//stop

Hundreds of endangered species may be threatened due to rising sea-levels brought on by climate change. That’s according to a new report by the Center for Biological Diversity. And as HPR’s Molly Solomon reports, one of the animals most at risk calls Hawaii home.

Flickr / JeremyHall
Flickr / JeremyHall

There's a new facility near the Kona Airport that's important to island residents--and not just the human variety. It's the latest addition to the Natural Energy Laboratory--and it should help protect one of the state's most vulnerable species. From the Big Island, HPR's Sherry Bracken explains.