Hawaiian monk seal pup Pearl was found underweight and malnourished in the remote Northwestern Hawaiian Islands. One of only approximately 1,300 endangered Hawaiian monk seals alive today, Pearl was too thin and weak to survive on her own.
Pearl was rescued and brought to Ke Kai Ola, The Marine Mammal Center’s Hawaiian monk seal hospital on the Big Island of Hawaii. Once at Ke Kai Ola, Pearl was able to get the nutrition she needed to grow healthy and strong, while our animal care experts taught her how to catch fish on her own—a skill that would help ensure her future survival in the wild.
After about four months of rehabilitation, Pearl was released back to her home in the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands. She was fitted with a satellite tag before her release, allowing researchers to monitor her movements in the wild for several months. This tag provided our scientists with valuable data that will help them better understand how to protect this endangered species in the future.