The Hawaiian Monk Seals are endangered so it’s always a special treat to come across them and have the privilege of photographing these adorable blobs. Usually, I spot the Monk Seals from the boat while cruising the Leewards coast, but I have also come across them on several occasions while diving. Sometimes the Monk seals are marked which helps conservationists identify how many of this species we have left. I always send my photos of the Monk seals and the more rare Dolphin and whale species such as the Spotted Dolphins, Melon Heads, and Pigme Whales into research groups.