Aloha and welcome to Kaua`i. As you visit our beaches, you may see one
of the most critically endangered marine mammals on earth, the Hawaiian
Monk Seal. Despite births in recent years, the estimated Kauai
population is only about 40 - 45. Your help is vital to ensure their
survival. Please read and print the following guidelines for observing
ALWAYS stay well behind barricades or signs placed by hotel workers
around a basking seal, and at least 150 feet from seals in unmarked
REMEMBER to maintain a much greater distance from a mother and pup,
or any seal that appears disturbed or agitated.
ALWAYS pass outside barricades, or above an unbarricaded seal, not
between the seal and the shoreline.
REMEMBER that you should never approach or attempt to feed a seal
on the beach, while swimming, or from a boat.
ALWAYS view quietly. Do not throw sand, stones, objects, or make noise
to induce movement and create photo ops.
REMEMBER all marine wildlife. Seals, sea turtles, dolphins, and humpback
whales require distance, quiet, and respect for proper viewing.
ALWAYS photograph seals from the proper distance and never use flash
photography in their presence.
REMEMBER children. Advise them of proper behavior. An agitated 400
to 600 pound animal could bite or cause other serious injury.
ALWAYS report any seal harassment at the beach, in the water,
or from a boat operator to the Kaua`i Marine Conservation Coordinator
at 651-7668 or the local Police Dispatch at 241-6711.
REMEMBER state and federal laws. Harassment or disturbance of a Hawaiian
Monk Seal can incur fines exceeding $25,000 and up to 5 years imprisonment.
Enjoy these natural treasures of Kaua`i. Your respect for their well-being
and survival will ensure their presence during your next visit and for
generations to come. Mahalo, Kaua`i Monk Seal Watch Program.
*Local residents should remember that dogs present serious disease
and injury threats to seals. Please keep your dogs leashed and well
away from seals while at the beach.