While monk seals can be seen swimming all over the Hawaiian Islands, it is Sandy Beach that has become one of the most popular hangouts for them. They mimic their human counterparts, as they bodysurf a wave to shore and lounge in the sun all day. For those who don’t know, Sandy’s is notorious for bodysurfing and bikini babes.
While the seals don’t come to cruise everyday, I’d say more often than not, you can find one on the Kailua-side of the beach. Humans know what to do (and what not to do). Marine animal volunteer organizations usually put up protective barriers around the beached seal babes. They educate beach-goers about the endangered Hawaiian species and how to protect them further.
Number one rule when approaching a monk seal on the beach or in the water? Don’t touch them. First, they’ll bite. But mostly, it’s a federal violation, so appreciate their beauty from afar instead. Pictures, video and social media are great ways to share your experience with those silly seals, as long as you keep your distance.
The seal in the photo above was taken at the famous Sandy’s hangout. He had been cruising all day, apparently; occasionally lifting his head for a quick check of its surroundings. People with cameras would pop by from time to time, but mostly, he was able to sleep peacefully in paradise.
Posted by: Bruce Fisher