Lonely Planet Writer

Hawaii sees growth in monk seal population

The critically endangered monk seal population in the Hawaiian Islands might be making a rebound.

Monk seal on a beach in Oahu, Hawaii.
Monk seal on a beach in Oahu, Hawaii. Image by Joseph Novak / CC BY 2.0

The population on the Northwestern Islands of Hawaii has reached numbers not seen since 1989, according to researchers. The animal, endemic to the islands, is thought to be benefiting from the weather effects of El Niño, which has brought more food to the seals’ habitat. Field personnel are also credited with performing 49 seal-saving interventions over the summer, including rehabilitating malnourished and injured seals. Read more: hawaiinewsnow.com