This close up of the beautiful Hawaiian monk seal was taken on a north shore Maui beach. The seal was resting on the beach for several hours before opening her eyes for the camera a few precious seconds. The vibrant green on her fur is actually the result of algae growth in her coat. It is very common and does not harm the seal – but it does add an amazing color! This type of seal, called ‘ilio-holo-i-ka-uaua (meaning dog that runs in rough water), is only found in Hawaii and is endangered. This seal’s official designation is RQ21.
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