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.