State issues tips for safe viewing of Hawaiian monk seals in Waikiki

State issues tips for safe viewing of Hawaiian monk seals in Waikiki

WAIKIKI (HawaiiNewsNow) - Beachgoers are flocking to Waikiki for a rare glimpse of a nursing monk seal and her pup.

But the state is urging spectators to keep a safe distance, and take special precautions around the endangered animals.

Here are the state's tips for respecting the seals:

  • Look for signs: The animals that have come to shore will be surrounded by rope perimeters or signs.
  • Give the nursing mom space: Although usually docile animals, a nursing mother can, and has, become aggressive towards people.
  • Do not feed: The DNLR wants the seals to grow up naturally and without human influence.
  • Snorkel at a safe distance: The monk seals occasionally go into surrounding waters.
  • Enjoy: There are only 1,400 Hawaiian monk seals left in the world, so the opportunity to see one is a sight to remember.

The monk seals in Waikiki are expected to stay on the beach for the next few weeks.

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