HONOLULU (KHON2) — The Hawaii Marine Animal Response announced on Tuesday the birth of a new monk seal pup in Hawaii.

HMAR said monk seal “Right Spot” gave birth to her 14th pup but this is the first time she gave birth on Oahu.

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Right Spot normally goes back to her home beach on Molokai.

According to HMAR, Hawaiian monk seals tend to give birth at their birth beaches around 70% of the time.

The name of the new pup will be picked out by the collaboration of HMAR and a school close by to the birth beach on the north shore.

HMAR advises the public to view with a healthy space between them and any Hawaiian monk seal.

For safety, here are some tips to remember while viewing:

  • NOAA recommends 150 feet of distance between mom and pup pairs to ensure that the animals are not disturbed so that we can have a healthy seal pup.
  • Always stay behind any ropes or fencing that have been set up and follow posted signage.
  • Use the zoom on your camera. If mom or pup can hear your camera, quietly move back. All of our photos are taken with a telephoto lens.

If beachgoers see a Hawaiian monk seal, they should call (888) 256-9840.