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Closeup face photo of Hawaiian monk seal pup with mouth open
Sample adoption certificate with Hawaiian monk seal Ahonui's story on first page, blank certificate of adoption on second page that reads "Certificate of Adoption: The Marine Mammal Center and [blank] present this certificate to [blank] for adopting Ahonui and through this adoption, contributing to the understanding, rehabilitation, and protection of these magnificent marine mammals."
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Adopt-a-Seal® Ahonui - Exclusive Digital Download!

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2022 Patient of the Year Nominee

When Hawaiian monk seal pup Ahonui was rescued, she had recently weaned from her mother, but was not getting the nutrition she needed and was severely underweight.

Hawaiian monk seals are one of the most endangered animals in the world, so each individual seal is essential to save this species from extinction. Thankfully, Ahonui was rescued and transported to Ke Kai Ola, our Hawaiian monk seal hospital on Hawai‘i Island, for rehabilitative care.

At first, this skinny seal was gently tube-fed a nutritious formula to help her stabilize and get vital nutrients, but it wasn’t long before she was eating fish on her own. She soon began to steadily gain weight and playfully interact with other Hawaiian monk seals in our care.

After Ahonui regained her strength, she was released back to the wild in the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands with a second chance at life.

Thank you for your generous donation and for making a difference in the life of a marine mammal like Ahonui.

Adoption Details

This is an exclusive digital-only Adopt-a-Seal®. When you adopt this patient, you’ll automatically be able to download your adoption certificate, which shares this patient's photo and story.

Download your digital Adopt-a-Seal® today!

Please note that this is a non-customizable, download-only certificate.