The Hawaiian monk seal, known as "Ilioholoikauaua" or "dog that runs in rough water", is found primarily on the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands. They’re one of the most endangered marine mammals on the earth today, with fewer than 1,300 left. Their populations are declining at a rate of 4% a year. Living on the remote Northwestern Hawaiian Islands, they spend most of their time in coral reefs foraging for lobster, fish and octopus.
Today, these precious creatures are dying of starvation and many are sick, injured and orphaned. They’re threatened by fishing gear, disease and shark predation. But global warming is the biggest harm to Hawaiian monk seals; sea levels are rising and erosion on Hawaii’s Northwest Islands is making their habitat vulnerable.
In the next five years, it's estimated their population will plummet to less than 1,000. Stand with organizations like The Hawaiian-Environmental Alliance in urging the U.S. government to protect the Hawaiian monk seal from extinction.
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To: U.S. State Governments, U.S. House of Representatives, U.S. Senate, President Barack Obama
The Hawaiian monk seal must be saved. The Monk Seal Recovery Plan needs increased funding and attention from the federal government.
90% of all monk seals live on the remote Northwestern Hawaiian Islands. These parts of Hawaii are almost completely isolated from human activity and tourism. It needs to stay this way.
I stand with organizations like The Hawaiian-Environmental Alliance in urging the U.S. government to protect the Hawaiian monk seal from extinction.
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