Photo of the Day: Sleeping Pile of Seal Cuteness

© Jaymi Heimbuch

Mondays are hard. We know this, and so, apparently, do monk seals. This Hawaiian monk seal hauled up on a beach on Kaua'i last week to catch forty winks.

To this critically endangered marine mammal species, finding a quiet place to rest is actually a matter of life or death. The monk seal typically needs people-free beaches to rest or escape from predators without being harassed by humans. Though some, such as this one, can tolerate the busier beaches of Kaua'i.

Learn more about this ancient seal species and the interesting ways researchers are keeping track of their health.

Tags: Endangered Species | Flora and Fauna Photo | Photo of the Day

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