This is Manu'iwa, an endangered Hawaiian monk seal. Her birth in the wild on the Big Island of Hawaii last February made headlines, and for good reason — she's now just one of three seals in existence there. (Elsewhere, her species' population is composed of only about 1,400 individuals.)
The seal pup's progress has been closely monitored by the Marine Mammal Center since her happy arrival, and people have been respectful of conservationists' urging them to keep their distance from her. Manu'iwa seemed to be thriving, having recently weaned from her mother.
But recently, Manu'iwa found something that threatened her life in an instant.