Hawaiian Monk Seal

Hawaiian Monk Seal by Arman, Sarai, Isabel, and Dylan. Ms Rabina's 6th grade class, 2014. Thomas Starr King Middle School.
Hawaiian Monk Seal by Sarai A, Dylan D, Arman K, and Isabel M. Ms Rabina’s 6th grade, Thomas Starr King Middle School, 2014. Fabric appliqué and rubber stamps.

The Hawaiian Monk Seal (Monachus schauinslandi) is one of two remaining Monk Seals.  While most seals live in frigid water, Monk Seals live in the warm tropical waters of Hawaii and the Mediterranean.  Hawaiian Monk Seals are solitary animals.  During the day, they haul up onshore to find a shady refuge from the heat and then hunt at night. The Hawaiian Monk Seal is listed as critically endangered by the IUCN Red list. There were originally 3 Monk Seal species: the Mediterranean, the Caribbean and the Hawaiian. The Caribbean monk seal has been extinct since the 1950’s and there are somewhere between 3-6 hundred Mediterranean Monk Seals left.

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