Monk Seals, Green Turtles, and Spinner Dolphins
The Hawaiian Monk Seal is among the most endangered of all seal species. The population of Hawaiian monk seals is in
decline. In 2008, it was estimated that only 1200 individuals remain. This seal is shy, so we were never permitted to get closer
than 150 feet. Most of the seals we saw were at a considerable distance, and we were banned from the beaches where they
come up to sleep. We were fortunate to have this good look at a Monk Seal on Eastern Island.
We were privileged to see quite a number of Green Turtles on Midway. They are sensitive to the human presence, so we were
not permitted to get real close except when they swam by. These turtles grow to several hundred pounds.
On one beach as many as 15 turtles came up to sleep on the beach in the afternoon.
The Spinner Dolphin is a small dolphin found in off-shore tropical waters around the world. It is famous for its acrobatic
displays in which they spin longitudinally along their axis as they leap through the air. Several hundred of these dolphin reside
in the waters around Midway, and we were privileged to watch them swim in front of our boat as we returned from Eastern