Her Name Was Ha'upu
She was born in 2007 on a remote beach near Mount Ha'upu on the island of Kauai. Known to scientists as RB24, she moved to Oahu as an adult and spent most of her time on the west side. Including the last day of her life. She was a Native Hawaiian Monk Seal, an extremely endangered species with only about 1,100 left. And sadly, she had become pregnant shortly before she died. One day in October of 2013 Ha'upu came ashore to rest at Mokulēʻia on Oahu's north shore. I watched her all day while she slept. When the time finally came for her to return to the sea, an interesting thing happened. She began to swim away, but then suddenly stopped. She turned around... and looked me right in the eye. I snapped that picture just before she slipped under the waves and disappeared. Forever as it turned out. I never saw her again. Ironically, Ha'upu means... to remember. I know I will.
If you want to read about what happened to Ha'upu go here... kauaiseals.wordpress.com/2015/04/10/loss-of-rb24/ #hawaii #seal #endangeredspecies #noplacelikehome #aloha