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Hawaiian Monk Seal / sila hawai`i or
Scientific name: Monarchus schauinslandi
Classification: Phylum: Chordata. Class: Mammalia.
Status: USFWS Endangered
Distribution: Northwestern Hawaiian Islands; rare sightings on the main Hawaiian Islands
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Only 2 species of monk seals survive in the world today. One lives in
the remote areas of the Mediterranean Sea, and the other lives in the
Leeward chain of the Hawaiian Islands. A third species used to inhabit
the Caribbean, but was forced to extinction in the 1950s by the increased
human use of the seals habitat.
|Photo by George Balasz|