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How to Tell Seals Apart

Most Hawaiian monk seals have unique natural markings, such as scars or natural bleach marks, that help identify individual seals. Many seals have identifiers such as flipper tags or letters and numbers applied to the animal’s fur with bleach.   Example of a Hawaiian monk seal with a natural round bleach mark on its right

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Why is the Hawaiian Monk Seal Endangered?

The Hawaiian monk seal is an endangered marine mammal that inhabits and is endemic to the Hawaiian Islands.  Despite decade’s long multi-disciplinary research and recovery tactics, the future survival of this species is still tenuous with only approximately 1,400 individuals remaining at the end of 2016. The species is divided into two primary sub-populations.  One

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What Do Hawaiian Monk Seals Eat?

Hawaiian monk seals are “generalist” feeders, which means they eat a variety of foods depending on what’s available. They eat many types of common fishes, squid, octopus, eels and crustaceans (crabs, shrimp and lobster). Diet studies indicate that they prefer prey that is easier to catch than most of the locally popular game fish (e.g.

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Support our Latest HMAS Program Graduates

  In partnership with Hawaii Tourism Authority (HTA), we’re pleased to announce completion of our Hawaii Marine Stewards Program (HMAS) training by many of Oahu’s forward-thinking organizations – Oahu Photography Tours, Dolphin Quest Oahu, Twogood Kayaks, Kailua Beach Adventures, He’eia Learning Center, Holokai Kayak and Snorkel Adventures and Kama’aina Kids.  These organizations know the importance of

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New Volunteer Orientation Class

You can help in the preservation, recovery and stewardship of Hawaii’s endangered and threatened marine species.

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How We’re Hurting Endangered Monk Seals

JULY 19, 2016 · By Nathan Eagle read the full article at Civil Beat Nihoa had a bad week. First it was a startling mylar balloon that was blowing down the beach on Oahu’s North Shore. Then a 25-foot boat unexpectedly came ashore after breaking its mooring. To top it off, she had to bite an off-leash dog

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