Monk seal count

May 14th, 2014
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Kermit the Hawaiian monk seal enjoying the sunshine on his belly. Photo by Monk Seal Foundation volunteer Barbara Billand.

Kermit the Hawaiian monk seal enjoying the sunshine's warmth on his belly. Photo by Monk Seal Foundation volunteer Barbara Billand.

Love Hawaiian monk seals?

The Monk Seal Foundation is seeking volunteers statewide for the 14th semi-annual Main Hawaiian Islands Monk Seal Count from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, May 17 in honor of Endangered Species Day (May 16 2014).

Only about 1,100 Hawaiian monk seals, known as ilioholoikauaua (dog running in the rough seas in Hawaiian) remain in the isles today, with their population in decline as they face habitat loss, net entanglement and sometimes human harassment. They are a native species found only in Hawaii, and protected by the Marine Mammal Protection Act and Endangered Species Act. The state of Hawaii considers the intentional harm or killing of a seal a third-degree felony.

Spend a few hours looking for the endangered monk seal while cleaning up the shorelines. No experience is needed to volunteer.

To sign up or request more information, contact:

>>  Oahu: Dana Jones – 808.234.7325 or sealonthebeach@gmail.com

>>  Kauai: Mary Werthwine – 480.225.5604 or marywerthwine@gmail.com

>>  Molokai: Diane Pike – 808.658.0154 or dimonkseal@gmail.com

>>  Maui / LanaiNicole.davis@noaa.gov

>>  Hawaii Island: 808.987.0765

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