Monk seal yearling visits Waihe‘e beach

We get all kinds of visitors to the Waihe‘e Refuge, including this little cutie-pie. Nicole Davis, NOAA's Maui Marine Mammal Response Network Coordinator, confirmed that this monk seal yearling, "RT24" was born on Oahu last year. "RT24 had not been documented in quite some time (since he was last seen on Oahu), everyone is pleased to know he is alive and well," Davis told us.

Monk seals often frequent the Waihe‘e Refuge during the summer when they come ashore to molt. While we've seen many adults, this is our first visit by such a young seal. Can we keep him? Unfortunately, it's not up to us. But we would like to suggest a new name... Harold? Grover? Leave your suggestion below.