The Hawaiian monk seal may have colonized the Hawaiian Islands…

The Hawaiian monk seal may have colonized the Hawaiian Islands millions of years ago, but today this seal is one of the most endangered marine mammals in the world, with only about 1400 remaining in the wild.

Most Hawaiian monk seals now live in the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands in Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument, but some live in the main Hawaiian Islands, including in Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary. 

Young Hawaiian monk seals like this one sometimes become entangled in plastic debris and derelict fishing nets and can drown – so one of the best things you can do to help these endangered seals is to reduce the amount of single-use plastic you utilize and to participate in a beach cleanup near you! 

(Photo: Koa Matsuoka)

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