Scientists use critter cams to study Hawaiian monk sealsUPDATED 6:05 PM HST Aug 13, 2013Video Transcript
Uncovering the secrets of Hawaiian monk seals. That's what researchers are doing with underwater crittercams and now you can get a front row seat. KITV4s Mahealani Richardson has this story. Check out the view from this crittercam. Here you see a Hawaiian monk seal interacting with another monk seal in a not so friendly way. In this video... A seal forges for food in a school of fish. ... And in this cool shot... A monk seal chases away a hungry ulua away. For seals... This is just a day in the life... But for ocean researchers... it's unraveling a mystery. THE REASON WHY WE ARE DOING THIS IS JUST SO WE CAN FIND OUT SECRETS OF MONK SEALS. WE SEE A LOT OF SLEEPING. MAHEA: UNDERWATER. THEY PUT THEMSELVES UNDER A SHELF. Researchers from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration or NOAA say the camera is pretty simple... And it's housed in an waterproof container. THIS IS GLUED JUST TO THE BACK OF THE SEAL. IT GOES OUT FOR 5 DAYS AND FILLS UP WITH THE FOOTAGE. Dr. Charles Littnan of the Pacific Island Fisheries' Hawaiian Monk Seal Research Program says he's seen a spectacular battle between a monk seal and some sharks over food. A SINGLE SEAL WILL BE BATTLING 2 SHARKS TRYING TO GET A TAKO FROM A CREVICE. IT GOES ON FOR HALF AND HOUR. There are about 200 monk seals in Hawaii and their numbers are growing... Good news ... But it also means more encounters with people. Researchers hope learning more about monk seals through this fascinating video will help with their protection. Mahealani Richardson, KITV4 News. ad lib about video You can see more crittercam video.. Including that amazing battle between a seal and some sharks... at NOAA's public meeting. It's Saturday August 17 at the Doris Duke Theatre at 5 pm. More information can be found on our website K-I-T-V dot com.