This is what science looks like! That is if your science involves building enrichment puzzles for seals to help them learn how to forage for food! Enrichment and is a tool used to promote positive behaviors and provide cognitive stimulation to animals. This stimulus aims to encourage a species-typical “rock flipping” behavior in Hawaiian monk seals (Neomonachus schauinslandi) whereby the seals must flip up a plexi glass lid to obtain fish.
[Photo and caption by Karli Chudeau]