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Save Our Hawaiian Monk Seals

Hawaiian monk seal
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Take action now to speak up for the world's most endangered marine mammal: the Hawaiian monk seal. The federal government has proposed to expand habitat protections to include important foraging areas and vast reaches of Hawaii's coastline.

Poised to gain new habitat protections in the Hawaiian Islands, the seal's possibility of recovery just stepped up a notch. Threatened by rising seas and disappearing food, Hawaiian monk seals are teetering on the brink of extinction. There are only about 1,000 seals left, and they need your help. Protecting habitat can reduce threats like pollution and development because it ensures that projects with federal funding or permits won't harm monk seal habitat.

While declining in their historical habitat on the northwestern Hawaiian Islands, a string of low-lying atolls in the Pacific, Hawaiian monk seals are increasingly inhabiting and giving birth to healthy pups in the main Hawaiian Islands. This means that habitat protection on Oahu, Kauai, Maui, Molokai and other islands will make a big difference by providing a refuge for them.

Send your comments in support of the proposal to designate Hawaiian monk seal critical habitat.

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Hawaiian monk seal photo © Monica Bond.

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