08 Jan '12, 6pm

Critically Endangered Hawaiian monk seals bludgeoned to death via @mongabay

Expedition granted?: hoping to save nearly-extinct seals through National Geographic contest (03/24/2011) Dashiell Masland, known as 'Dash', has always been in love with the sea and its inhabitants. Now, she is hoping to take that passion to the Hawaiian Islands to save one of the world's most threatened marine mammals: the Hawaiian monk seals (Monachus schauinslandi ). Extinction is a real possibility: already, the related Carribbean monk seal vanished forever around 1950. Decimated by sealers, whalers, and even soldiers in World War II, the Hawaiian monk seals are struggling to make a come back with only 1,100 individuals surviving and the population decreasing by 4% a year. Today many face starvation due to a lack of prey. This is where Masland, who is currently competing in National Geographic's Expedition Granted, hopes to help. Photo surprise: Antarctic seal shows up...

Full article: http://news.mongabay.com/2012/0108-hance_monkseals_deaths...

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