Hawaiian monk seals are endangered, with fewer than 1,400 animals left on earth - yet they have recently been in the news, as videos and photos have surfaced showing the seals being harassed by visitors who get too close or attempt to touch them, sometimes for social media content.
Learn more about Hawaiian monk seals at a free presentation called "Saving a Species: Rehabilitation as a Conservation Tool for Hawaiian Monk Seals" on Wednesday, August 4 at 5:30 pm HST via Zoom. Two special guests from Ke Kai Ola, The Marine Mammal Center's dedicated hospital for monk seals on Hawaii Island, will highlight their conservation and outreach work.
The Center's Lauren Van Heukelem, Response and Operations Coordinator, and Dr Sophie Whoriskey, Hawaiian Monk Seal Conservation Veterinarian, will speak at this event, part of the "Know Your Ocean Speaker Series" which is hosted every month by Maui Nui Marine Resource Council.
Researchers estimate that about 30 percent of Hawaiian monk seals are alive today due to conservation efforts led by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and partners like the Marine Mammal Center.
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Reserve a spot at the free presentation at https://www.bitly.com/monksealwebinar
Date: Wednesday, August 4th, 2021
Time: 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm
Categories: Non-Profit Community Event, FREE, Environmental Event, Animal Related Event
Online Virtual Event located at
Location Specifics: Zoom
Contact: Maui Nui Marine Resource Council Phone: 808-707-5056
Email: Website: https://www.bitly.com/monksealwebinar