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Thursday, October 05, 2006

Say Goodbye to the Hawaiian Monk Seal

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Cute, huh? Like to show your kids?

Tough luck, the Hawaiian monk seals are at 1,200 and going fast, from starvation mostly. However, the good news is that the Hawaiian monk seal may last longer than its Mediterranean counterpart.

Monk seals broke off from the main evolutionary branch of seals about 12 million years ago and are believed to have since remained unchanged. Already the Hawaiian monk seal's counterpart in the Caribbean is extinct. And the Mediterranean monk seal is estimated to number 500 at most.

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The link above also shows the result of fishing lines on seals. Clubbing looks less painful.

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2 Comments:

  • But these seals are cute.... Don't we normally save the cute cuddley ones?

    By Anonymous Keri, At 4:24 am  

  • Not any more. That was one of the orginal aims of the envirnomental movement, save the cute animals and then move on to the more difficult sells (like poisonous frogs). The problem is, we can't even save the cute ones any longer. Part of the problem is that environmental change (climate, pollution, food chain disruption, disease) is beyond individual efforts (global solutions). Also, part of the problem is that people simply don't care, or, if they do care, don't act. Overfishing is a huge problem and it is alterning marine ecosystems in strange ways. The solution is to fish less (or not at all in places) and to eat less fish. Try telling the average punter not to eat fish.

    By Blogger Tristen, At 4:47 pm  

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