What luck! Just as we were arriving at our favorite beach, Hamoa, a Hawaiian monk seal was swimming in the waves and moving closer to shore. Determined to beach itself, it waddled up about ten feet and lay there.
Initially, I thought illness or injury, but Amy knew better. It came to take a nap, as is the habit of the monk seal. Shortly after the monk seal settled down, police came and set up yellow barrier tape. When we left the beach, it was still snoozing in the sun.
The monk seal, endemic to
, is on the critically endangered list, and only 1,100 exist. Hawaii