We were fortunate enough to have visited this park to photograph mother & pup on 11/20/13.
The pup was born at about 6 p.m. Monday 11/11/13 at Hawaii's Big Island Keokea Beach Park.
Justin Viezbicke, Hawaii Island coordinator for the Humpback Whale
Sanctuary, said the mother and pup are among about 10 of the critically
endangered seals known to have been born on the Big Island over the past
Researchers believe there is about one monk seal birth each year on the Big Island. It’s not easy gauging that, however, as the adult population on the
island fluctuates from five to 10 with the seals sometimes ranging
between islands. One seal has been known to travel as far from the Big
Island as Kauai.Monk Seals are one of only two types of mammals native to Hawaii (the other is the hoary bat).