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Hawaiian Monk Seal News

The Hawaiian Monk Seal Podcast

Did you know that The Marine Mammal Center’s conservation work goes far beyond our hospital in Sausalito? Tune in below as we dive into the history of the Hawaiian monk seal and the impact of the Center’s efforts to save this endangered species.

Frances Gulland, Senior Scientist - The Marine Mammal Center
Deb Wickham, Ke Kai Ola Operations Manager – The Marine Mammal Center

Narrated by:
Giancarlo Rulli

Length: 4:15


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Hawaiian monk seal ‘Ākulikuli

Two More Hawaiian Monk Seals are Rescued
Last updated: September 28, 2018

Maiapilo and ‘Ākulikuli were suffering from malnourishment at the time they were rescued in the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands.

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Hawaiian monk seal RK58 faced rejection from his mother

Ke Kai Ola Welcomes a New Patient
Last updated: August 8, 2018

The newest patient to arrive at Ke Kai Ola is a male monk seal pup that was transported from Kaua‘i after facing rejection from his mother.

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Dr. Claire Simeone’s TED Talk

Our Own TED Fellow
Last updated: August 7, 2018

Claire Simeone, veterinarian, conservationist and director of our hospital in Hawai‘i, calls for opening our minds to a new kind of learning: between humans and animals.

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Hawaiian monk seal pup Sole

Sole Comes to Ke Kai Ola
Last updated: July 20, 2018

A new Hawaiian monk seal patient recently arrived at Ke Kai Ola, our hospital and visitor center on the Big Island of Hawai‘i that is dedicated to this endangered species. The male pup was rescued on the remote Kalaupapa Peninsula on the island of Moloka‘i and brought to our hospital for care.

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HMS Mea Ola

Seven Success Stories
Last updated: July 5, 2018

Seven previous patients of The Marine Mammal Center’s Hawaiian monk seal hospital, Ke Kai Ola, have recently been spotted by NOAA researchers in the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands.

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Facebook Live: Hawaiian monk seal release

Watch a Hawaiian Monk Seal Leave Ke Kai Ola
Last updated: November 28, 2017

Say a hui hou (until we meet again) to our Hawaiian monk seals, 'Awapuhi and Koani Pehu. Narrated by Conservation Medicine Veterinarian Dr. Claire Simeone.

Watch the video! >>

Hawaiian monk seal

20th Hawaiian Monk Seal Released and First Admit from Kaua`i
Last updated: October 4, 2017

As Mililani is released in the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands, two more patients arrive at Ke Kai Ola for long-term care, including a yearling rescued in Kaua`i.


Hawaiian monk seal pup rescued

Say Aloha to ‘Awapuhi and Mililani
Last updated: June 23, 2017

As four healthy monk seals are released in the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands, two more patients are brought back to Ke Kai Ola for long-term care.


Virtual Tour of Ke Kai Ola

Take a Virtual Tour of Ke Kai Ola
Last updated: May 11, 2017

After more than eight months of rehabilitation, our four Hawaiian monk seal patients are ready to return to their ocean home in the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands. Before they return to the wild, you can take a virtual tour of Ke Kai Ola, our Hawaiian monk seal hospital and education center where these patients received life-saving care.

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Hawaiian monk seal Mea Ola gets an X-ray

New Patients Arrive at Ke Kai Ola
Last updated: October 7, 2016

Four new Hawaiian monk seal patients, including a five-year old adult named Mea Ola, have arrived at at our hospital in Hawaii.


Hawaiian Monk Seals

A Hawaiian Monk Seal Success Story
Last updated: May 4, 2016

After eight months of care and rehabilitation at Ke Kai Ola, the Center's Hawaiian monk seal hospital in Kona, seven endangered Hawaiian monk seals are going back to their wild ocean home.


HMS one percent

1% of Hawaiian Monk Seals Have Received Care at Ke Kai Ola
Last updated: October 15, 2015

The Center has now cared for more than 1% of the entire Hawaiian monk seal population. It's an accomplishment that gives reason to hope for the survival of this endangered species.


RF28, Hawaiian monk seal

Emergency Surgery Saves Hooked Hawaiian Monk Seal
Last updated: June 3, 2015

A young male Hawaiian monk seal known to researchers as RF28 was rescued on a beach on the island of Kaua‘i after being spotted with fishing tackle near his mouth. Watch a video of his dramatic surgery.


Meleana and Pua are released

The Long Goodbye: Two Hawaiian Monk Seals Released
Last updated: April 1, 2015

After six months of care at Ke Kai Ola, our Hawaiian monk seal hospital, two young female seals are returning home to a bright future where they can contribute to the recovery of their species.


Meleana, Hawaiian monk seal

More Patients Arrive at Ke Kai Ola
Last updated: October 2, 2014

Two new Hawaiian monk seal patients have arrived at Ke Kai Ola. And the Hawaiian monk seal population has increased slightly in the past year, a hopeful sign for the future of this endangered species.


HMS Grand Opening

Renewed Hope for Hawaiian Monk Seals
Last updated: September 5, 2014

The Marine Mammal Center held a grand opening at Ke Kai Ola (The Healing Sea), the new $3.2 million dollar hospital for Hawaiian monk seals on Hawai‘i Island.


Disney Conservation Fund

Disney Conservation Fund Grant Awarded to the Center
Last updated: September 1, 2014

The Marine Mammal Center received a $25,000 grant from the Disney Conservation Fund to "promote monk seal population recovery and inspire the local community to protect and ensure the future of this endangered species."


Hawaiian Monk Seal Ikaika

First Patients Arrive at the Hawaiian Monk Seal Hospital
Last updated: July 10, 2014

The Marine Mammal Center's new Hawaiian Monk Seal Hospital welcomed its first patients this week, as four young seals from the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands were brought in.


Honey Girl and her Baby

Honey Girl has a Baby!
Last updated: January 16, 2014

Former patient Honey Girl, a Hawaiian monk seal that underwent reconstructive tongue surgery to treat an injury caused by a fishing hook, has now been spotted with a new baby!


Hawaiian monk seal, RL12, hms, spear, noaa

Quick Rescue Response Saves Speared Hawaiian Monk Seal
Last updated: February 1, 2013

This Hawaiian monk seal is lucky to be alive and back in the ocean after she was found with a spear stuck in her head.

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Hawaiian monk seal, Honey Girl, R5AY, marine mammal center, entanglement

Hooked Hawaiian Monk Seal Saved
Last updated: January 7, 2013

Honey Girl (R5AY) was recently spotted on a beach looking healthy and content!


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