BENEFITING: MONK SEAL FOUNDATION
The Hawaiian Monk Seal is critically endangered with only approximately 1,100 left in the wild. The first time I saw a monk seal in real life I fell in love with these adorable creatures that have called Hawaii home for millions of years. But due to low juvenile survival rates, marine debris, loss of habitat, and predation we risk loosing our islands longest residents.
The scientific name for the monk seal is Monachus schauinslandi and the Hawaiian name for the monk seal is `Ilio-holo-i-ka-uaua which means dog who runs in rough waters... I'm not sure which is easier to say yet but the Hawaiian name is fitting because monk seals are really the dogs of the ocean and as a dog lover it's easy to fall in love with this dying breed. They are cute and curious; they bark and bite but unlike most dogs they are not domesticated nor should they be. It is important to keep your distance and try not to come in contact with monk seals. (The pictures you see here have been taken with zoom lenses)
My project is supporting the Monk Seal Foundation. They are working to help save this very special species from extinction but they need our help. You can find out more about them by visiting www.monksealfoundation.org. Connect more with the Monk Seal Foundation on Twitter and Facebook!
Please support Hawaiian monk seals by donating to the Monk Seal Foundation on this page and then by helping me to get the word out. Remember, even the smallest donation can help make a difference!
Mahalo for your support!