Hawaiian monk seal, Neomonachus schauinslandi(Critically Endangered), 2.5 year old male picks up an ambon toby or pufferfish, Canthigaster amboiensis, after rolling it in the sand, possibly to remove noxious mucus; the fish was caught in the ocean, then brought to shore to cleanse it before consumption; Pu'uhonua o Honaunau (City of Refuge) National Historical Park, Kona, Hawaii


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Image ID: 0037011-DPE

monk seal

Hawaiian monk seal, Neomonachus schauinslandi(Critically Endangered), 2.5 year old male picks up an ambon toby or pufferfish, Canthigaster amboiensis, after rolling it in the sand, possibly to remove noxious mucus; the fish was caught in the ocean, then brought to shore to cleanse it before consumption; Pu'uhonua o Honaunau (City of Refuge) National Historical Park, Kona, Hawaii
Credit to: BluePlanetArchive / Doug Perrine

Image dimensions: 4857x3238