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2018 Activity Update

Hawaii Marine Animal Response (HMAR) is busy every day.  Thousands of times each year our field response, escalations, interventions, standing support and outreach activities help us move towards our vision of a Hawaiian ocean ecosystem shared in harmony by humans and protected marine species. Examples of our work during 2018 include: Recording over 3,700 sightings of

More to Read and Watch

Here is a quick video that provides an overview of Hawaii Marine Animal Response and what we do. Relax and enjoy the beauty of a Hawaiian monk seal swimming in waters off of Oahu, Hawaii. Watch Hawaiian monk seal RW22 (“Kolohe”), born in 2008, show off his beautiful swimming techniques. Learn about how to responsibly

How to tell the difference between a Green and Hawksbill sea turtle

Common name:  Green Sea Turtle Hawaiian name:  Honu Latin name:  Chelonia mydas Status:  Protected & Threatened Common name:  Hawksbill Turtle Hawaiian name:  ‘Ea / Honu‘ea Latin name:  Eretmochelys imbricata Status:  Protected & Endangered Comparison of the Green turtle and the Hawksbill turtle: Green Turtle Hawksbill Turtle Hawaiian Name Honu ‘Ea / Honu’ea Status Threatened Endangered Distribution Common Not common, mostly Maui and

Monk Seals – Frequently Asked Questions

Q. There’s a monk seal on the beach and it looks sick – what should I do?   A. Most seals that haul-out on the shoreline are just fine. They may have mucus around their eyes, scars on their body, and may lie very still, as if they are not breathing, but that’s normal. Please

Hawaiian Monk Seal Myths and Facts

Myth 1: Seals only forage at night. Fact:  Seals feed both during the day and at night, although this varies depending on age and sex class. Monk seals as a whole do not appear to prefer feeding at specific times of the day. This misperception is derived from dietary and behavioral observations. Monk seal diet

What Sex Is That Seal?

The only way to confirm whether a seal is female or male is by looking at its belly.

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