Two Hawaiian Monk Seals sleep on the shores of Maui during a recent observation and counting session by naturalists.
Hawaiian Monk Seals are on the endangered species list with an estimated population currently pegged at about 1,100. This means that conservationists in Hawaii have stepped up efforts to track and protect the state’s only endemic seal.
Known for their playful nature, the seals often come ashore surrounded by crowds of eager viewers. Many have grown accustomed to the attention and can sleep and relax on the beaches despite excited onlookers.