Aloha Friday Photo: Let Sleeping Monks Lie Edition


Shhh! Be very quiet, we’re watching monk seals. *sigh* Doesn’t this seal look so peacefully relaxed? Based on the number of scars, it looks like this seal deserves a little rest and relaxation.

Today’s Aloha Friday Photo comes to us from Shawna by way of our Go Visit Hawaii facebook community. Shawna took this photo at Lagoon One at Ko’Olina on Oahu in June of 2008. At first Shawna didn’t know what a special sight she was seeing. After the Monk Seal Response Team of volunteers arrived she learned that the Hawaiian Monk Seal is rare and endangered. Remember to keep a good distance and notify authorities if you see a monk seal in Hawaii.

Mahalo to Shawna for sharing her photo and her experience with catching such a rare sight! This photo won our Aloha Friday Photo seal of approval. 🙂

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Sheila Beal is the founder and editor of Go Visit Hawaii. You can connect with Sheila Beal on Twitter, Go Visit Hawaii on Facebook, or Sheila Beal on Google+.


  1. I do have quite a variety of monk seal pictures available too including a blonde one I saw yesterday near Poipu on Kauai. Just love those seals, wish there was more I could do to help.

    • Chris – I hear ya on wishing you could help more. Thankfully they are protected, but still many visitors don’t know or understand that they shouldn’t get close to them. Thanks for your comment!

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