In the first of our Endangered Species episodes, we cover everything about the Hawaiian monk seal, one of two living tropical earless seals.

Sources & Links:

Read all the details you need to know about Hawaiian monk seal life history and population recovery:
https://www.fisheries.noaa.gov/resource/document/recovery-plan-hawaiian-monk-seal 

Read the full report on the study of monk seal movement using visual sightings:
https://www.pifsc.noaa.gov/library/pubs/tech/NOAA_Tech_Memo_PIFSC_44.pdf 

Read about National Geographic's Crittercams, an important technology for studying monk seals:
https://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2013/08/130819-hawaiian-monk-seal-crittercam-conservation-ocean-science/ 

Read a summary of monk seal translocation efforts:
http://www.academia.edu/25373031/Translocation_as_a_tool_for_conservation_of_the_Hawaiian_monk_seal 

Read about toxoplasmosis, the disease spread through cat feces that is killing monk seals:
https://www.nationalgeographic.com/animals/2018/07/seals-endangered-species-health-disease-oceans/ 


Check out this helpful information about monk seal critical habitat:
http://www.fpir.noaa.gov/Library/PRD/Hawaiian%20monk%20seal/HMS_CH_FAQ_Tabloid_FNL.pdf 

Read about the human-monk seal interface and how it is impacting population recovery in the main islands of Hawaii:
https://www.nytimes.com/2013/05/12/magazine/who-would-kill-a-monk-seal.html?pagewanted=all 

 

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