Hawaiian Monk Seal

Hawaiian monk seals are among the wildlife found within the Papahānaumokuākea World Heritage Site.
(James Watt)

The critically endangered Hawaiian monk seal (Monachus schauinslandi) is one of hundreds of marine species that can be found cruising the waters of Papahānaumokuākea, a chain of islands northwest of the main Hawaiian archipelago. Despite living in protected habitat, Hawaiian monk seals frequently become entangled in fishermen's nets, threatening their survival. It's estimated that only around 1,200 individuals survive today. Watch a recorded webcast about the latest efforts in Greece to study and save the critically endangered Mediterranean monk seal.