Do not disturb: Monk seals spotted in Waikiki prompts a reminder from NOAA

Do not disturb: Monk seals spotted in Waikiki prompts a reminder from NOAA
(Source: Steve Lynch)

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) -There was an adorable sighting in Waikiki this week.

Right behind Fort DeRussy, two monk seals made them selves at home resting on the shoreline and basking in the sun.

The pair was seen on Duke Kahanamoku beach, also known as the surf spot “Three’s.”

NOAA says in the past couple of days, there’s been as many as three monk seals spotted. The two seen in Waikiki were Kaiwi (RK96) and R303, who doesn’t have a nickname.

They don’t know why there have been so many monk seals stopping by Waikiki, but they do think that it may be because there’s lots of food in the area.

Officials want to remind curious onlookers to keep their distance, and leave the seals undisturbed.

“There’s a chance they were feeding all night long and they’re trying to rest and it would be just like you sleeping in your bed and someone trying to take a selfie next to you at 2 in the morning. You probably wouldn’t want that,” David Schofield of NOAA said.

Kaiwi is 8 years old and has given birth to two pups in the past. Some were hopeful that she was pregnant, but NOAA believes that’s not the case.

Volunteers are monitoring the monk seals and educating visitors who stop by.

If you come across a monk seal resting on the beach, report the sighting by calling 888-256-9840.

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