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Endangered American animals : Hawaiian monk seal

Animal

Hawaiian monk seals are endangered animals that live near Hawaii in the United States. Also known as the Pacific salmon monk seal. Most seals live in the sea of ice, but Hawaiian monk seals live in the warm Pacific Ocean around Hawaii in the United States. Native Hawaiians call seals “ilio-holo-i-ka-uaua”. This means “a dog running in rough water”. It has become an international protected animal.

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Habitat

It is an endemic species of Hawaii that lives in Hawaii, USA. It is the only seal that lives in low latitude waters.

Characteristic

Body length 200 cm, weight 150-300 kg. It is classified into the order Carnivores, Seals, and Monk seals. Some individuals have brown coats and irregular spots. It is called a monk seal because it has a round head, thin hair, and is relatively dense, and its face is just like a monk monk. It retains some of its primitive morphology and is susceptible to human invasion into its habitat.

Ecology

A carnivore that preys on spiny lobsters, eels, octopuses, squids, shrimp and crabs. Monk seals usually hunt underwater. As a child, we hunt during the day, but adult seals hunt at night. Hawaiian monk seals mate underwater between June and August. The gestation period is about 9 months. You can give birth to one at a time. Females stop eating while breastfeeding and focus on caring for their offspring. The life is said to be 25-30 years.

Endangered species

Hawaiian monk seals have prospered over the past 13 million years in the oceans and coral reefs of the Hawaiian Islands, but have been exposed to natural threats in recent years. Over the last 50 years, Hawaiian monk seal populations have declined by more than 60% and are now at the lowest level in recorded history. Habitat loss and deterioration, climate change are occurring, and habitat is beginning to become difficult. Also, it was overfished by humans and the number was reduced. As the habitat decreases, it is more likely to be attacked by predator sharks, and the number of habitats is even more likely to decrease. In 2008, it was designated as a State Mammal in Hawaii. It is subsequently protected by federal and state law and is prohibited from touching or approaching. If you touch it forcibly, you will be fined for violating the Endangered Species Protection Act. A man who actually touched the Hawaiian monk seal posted a video on Instagram, which burned up and made a noise. The man is paying a fine of $ 1,500.

Breeding

It is difficult to breed. Let’s go to Hawaii and observe. There are also tours. You can also make hotel reservations from below link.

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