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An evening with monk seals

August 16th, 2013
Photo courtesy of Honolulu Museum of Art.

Photo courtesy of Honolulu Museum of Art.

What is life like as a Hawaiian monk seal?

Find out through the actual eyes of a Hawaiian monk seal, thanks to National Geographic Crittercams — video cameras affixed to the seals' backs. The premiere of this monk seal footage will be showcased at 5:30 p.m. tomorrow (Saturday, Aug. 17) at Doris Duke Theatre.

"An Evening With Seals Through The Eyes of the Seal: Understanding the Secret Lives of Monk Seals" includes a lecture and screening from 5:30 to 7 p.m. followed by a reception until 8:30 p.m. Doors open at 5 p.m.

The Hawaiian monk seal is one of the oldest species of seal on the planet, according to NOAA Fisheries scientist Charles Littnan, but "their tenure in paradise is perilously close to its end." Their population has declined dramatically over the last 75 years — today, only 1,100 monk seals remain in the wild.

The reception includes pupu, drinks, and an opportunity to meet those who are dedicated to conservation of Hawaii's native seal. Sponsored by the Honolulu  Museum of Art, National Geographic, The Marine Mammal Center, Duke University and the University of Hawai‘i Sea Grant College Program.

Cost is $15 ($12 for museum members). Click here to buy tickets online.

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