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posted by Dave on Apr 17

The Waikiki Aquarium has two monk seals thus today there is a bonus photo. Above is  Maka Onaona feeding on some squid and below Ho’ailona is  getting some sun. The Hawaiian monk seal (Monachus schauinslandi) is and endangered species native to the Hawaiian Islands. There are fewer than 1200 remaining in the wild as they are hunted by Tiger and Galapagos sharks and also harmed by marine debris and fishing gear. Maka is the older seal arriving in 1984 after being abandoned by his mother at 3 weeks. He is now 7.5 feet long and weight upwards of 370 pounds. Ho’a was born in 2008 near the island of Kauai and also abandoned. He was raised by the NOAA staff and released near Molokai at 8 months old but was brought to the aquarium in 2011 with poor vision and too much trying to interact with humans. He is 6 feet and weight in at 230 pounds. At the aquarium they eat squid, herring and smelt (around 30-40 pounds a day).

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