HONOLULU (KHON2) — Honolulu Ocean Safety officials are urging the public to stay away from Kaimana Beach in Waikiki after a Hawaiian monk seal gave birth there on Monday, April 26.
Officials warn that monk seal mothers can become very aggressive toward humans on land and in the ocean after giving birth.
A quiet celebration for the mother, Kaiwi, and the pup was held at Kaimana as onlookers quietly watched in awe.
Residents say that at about 3:30 p.m. Monday, Kaiwi gave birth on the shore at the Diamond Head end of Kaimana beach.
“This is the first time I’ve ever seen a pup and it’s just unbelievable. It’s been a unique experience, there’s kinda a sacred quality to the feeling of, almost spiritual level, something big just happened, so you’re sensing that,” said Waikiki resident Theodore Ciesinski.
Residents in the area are expecting to have these new neighbors for about six weeks.
“We were on the beach all day, watching mom and saw her agitated a lot and waiting until about 3:30 and decided to go up to the condo by the time we left the beach and got up to the condo, there was a baby! So she gave birth quickly and she seems happy and the baby seems healthy,” said Waikiki resident Sheila Tretter.
Ocean Safety says individuals should always use extreme caution when they come across a monk seal on land or in the ocean.
The sex of the monk seal pup is not yet known.