A critically endangered Hawaiian Monk Seal sleeps soundly on Pearl and Hermes Atoll in the Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument, one of only about 1,100 of the species remaining.
 The Northwestern Hawaiian Islands are located due south of the Pacific Trash Gyre, an area of ocean approximately the size of Texas full of boyant human trash trapped by the ocean's currents.  As a result, marine debris washes ashore on Laysan Island inclusive of bottles, buoys, fishing nets, shoes, light bulbs, refrigerator doors and anything else buoyant that ends up in the ocean.
 Crystal clear waters at the northern end of Pearl and Hermes Atoll on a rare, calm morning.
 A mother Green Sea Turtle returns to the ocean on Laysan Island after spending her night digging a pit nest up the beach and laying her eggs deep under a protective layer of sand.
 These three-month old weaned Hawaiian Monk Seal pups on Laysan Island represent the fragile future of the species.
 This White Tern chick on Laysan Island is only a few days old.  As it grows older, the chick's brown down will be replaced by pure white feathers.
 These Brown Boobies return to their nests at sunset after a day of searching for food at sea around Pearl and Hermes Atoll while their mate guarded the egg.
 An adult male Hawaiian Monk Seal rests on the beach after spending the previous week traveling several hundred miles around Laysan Island and diving to over a thousand feet to feed on lobsters and eels.
 A young Hawaiian Monk Seal plays with some marine debris that's washed ashore on Laysan Island.  Any hoops, loops and nets are serious hazards because of the potential for entanglement.
 A first touch of noses on Laysan Island between a Hawaiian Monk Seal mother and her pup, born only moments earlier.
 A hungry Hawaiian Monk Seal pup on Laysan Island calling for a meal from its mother.
 A Masked Booby with its chick on Little North Island, Pearl and Hermes Atoll.
 Juvenile boobies use the broken US National Monument sign on Pearl and Hermes Atoll as a high perch to keep an eye on all of Southeast Island.
 Noddy Terns enjoy a break from the nearly constant trade winds on Pearl and Hermes Atoll to perch (and poop on) every possible Monk Seal field camp surface.
 A clear Milky Way over the Monk Seal field camp tents on Pearl and Hermes Atoll.
 Two adult male Hawaiian Monk Seals fight for beach dominance on Pearl and Hermes Atoll and the attention of a female seal that has already fled the scene.
 A young Hawaiian Monk Seal sleeps amongst the marine debris that covers much of Pearl and Hermes Atoll's shorelines.  He's green in color because of algae that grows in his fur during weeks at sea feeding.
 Clumps of fishing nets are major hazards to the marine environment of Pearl and Hermes Atoll.  They damage coral after getting caught on reefs and provide dangerous entanglement potential to Hawaiian Monk Seals, Green Sea Turtles and various sea birds such as this juvenile Masked Booby.
 An mess of fishing nets and other marine debris entangled on Pearl and Hermes Atoll's barrier reef.
 Thousand of endangered Black-Footed Albatross chicks nest amongst the marine debris that plagues the Laysan Island.
   A Laysan Albatross chick surrounded by the deceptively beautiful but tragically invasive Verbesina plant on Pearl and Hermes Atoll.    It chokes out the native plants and can grown thick enough to prevent chicks like this from extending their wings and learning how to fly.
 Albatross chicks use quick rain-showers on Pearl and Hermes Atoll to practice extending and flapping their enormous wings.
 To get airborne after resting at sea, albatross run on the surface to gain speed. This fledgling Laysan Albatross chick is practicing that process in a calm tidal pool on Laysan Island before flying out to the much rougher Pacific Ocean.
   Black-Footed Albatross nested amongst marine debris on Pearl and Hermes Atoll.
 This decomposing Laysan Albatross chick on Pearl and Hermes Atoll displays a stomach full of plastic that significantly contributed to its early death.
 Two Green Sea Turtles rest together on Pearl and Hermes Atoll.
 A young Hawaiian Monk Seal sleeps half-submerged in the lagoon of Southeast Island on Pearl and Hermes Atoll.
 A Great Frigatebird with her chick on Laysan Island. Chicks don't fledge for 4-6 months and even then receive parental care for another year, the longest period for any bird.
 Brown Boobies perch on the rusting bow of a shipwrecked Japanese fishing boat on the southern tip of Laysan Island.
 Black-Footed Albatross chicks on Pearl and Hermes Atoll that are almost fully grown and ready to fledge.
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