It’s the 2018 Hawaiian Monk Seal Pup Season

Hello all, it’s pupping season in Hawaii!  While Hawaiian monk seals can give birth at any time of year, most pups are born in spring and summer.  If you’re out and about and you see a mom and pup on the beach, here are some things you need to know.

  • Monk seals are born weighing about 25-35 lbs, and nurse for about 5 to 7 weeks.
  • During that time, it is important to minimize disturbance as much as possible, to ensure the mother remains with her pup and it gets the nutrition it needs to fuel proper development and long-term survival.
  • Monk seals are endangered, with only about 250-300 animals in the main Hawaiian Islands, so every pup is important to this small population.
  • To minimize traffic to pupping sites and encourage giving nursing pups the room they need to grow, specific pupping locations are typically not announced by NOAA or HMAR.
  • Mother seals can be very protective of their young, so for their safety and yours, give them space and keep them wild.
  • If you come across a mom and pup and find no signage or fencing, please call it into the hotline at (888) 256-9840.  This number is also used to report any monk seal seen and for turtles, dolphins or whales that may be in distress. To report seabirds in distress please call (808) 687-7900.

Thank you for your kokua in the preservation of the Hawaiian monk seal and other protected marine animals. Can you help us continue this important work? Please go HERE to donate or help HMAR in other ways.