Hawaiian Monk Seal

Threatened and Endangered

Description

-classified as world's most critically endangered mammal

-special body covering includes gray skin with silver-gray underparts

-can grow up to 7 ft and weigh 600 lbs

-unusual characteristics include hauling onto and staying on sand.

(WEC)




Food Chain

-basic food source are crustaceans, fish, eels, and octopus.

-prey mostly in water, sometimes on land

-omnivore

-predator to fish and crustaceans

-prey to whales and sharks

(MMC) (WEC)

Save Our Seals. Save Ourselves - The Marine Mammal Center

Habitat

-live in the ocean near the Hawaii Islands
-prefer to stay on land

-can survive on both land and ocean

(WEC)

Adaptations

-powerful fins to get away from predators

-strong teeth for if they start a fight

-to get food, the seal has powerful teeth that can crush a shell of an oyster and fins that help them chase after the prey

(MMC)

Critical Info/ Reason for endangerment

-estimated 1200 individuals and the number is going down

-government made it illegal to hunt these seals, taking away their main cause for decrease in population

(MMC) (WEC)

Cites


"Hawaiian monk seal underwater." photo pin. N.p.. Web. 22 Apr 2013. <http://www.flickr.com/photos/oleswerdlow/2811867737/>.


"crustaceans and fish." photo pin. N.p.. Web. 22 Apr 2013. <http://www.flickr.com/photos/cameliatwu/8587651455/>.


"seal fight." photo pin. N.p.. Web. 22 Apr 2013. <http://www.flickr.com/photos/

erikveland/3252468593/>.


Russo, Brian. "Benny." Flickr-Photo Sharing. N.p.. Web. 9 Apr 2013. <http://www.flickr.com/photos/w0lfie/5799913496/>.


"Save the Hawaiian Monk Seal." The Marine Mammal Center. N.p.. Web. 9 Apr 2013. <http://www.marinemammalcenter.org/Get-Involved/awareness-campaigns/save-the-hawaiian-monk-seal.html>.