Hawaiian monk seals have existed for over 10 million years. Now they’re one of the world’s most endangered marine mammals. These animals are native to Hawai’i and can’t be found anywhere else. That’s why they’re the official state mammal. Their Hawaiian name, ‘ilio-holo-i-ka-uaua (ee-lee-oh ho-low ee ka oo-ah-oo-ah) means “dog running in rough water.”
Entanglement in ocean plastic and other marine debris is one of the largest threats Hawaiian monk seals face. In fact, they have one of the highest documented entanglement rates of any pinniped, or seal, species. It’s estimated that there are less than 1,400 of these animals left in the wild and that’s why our proactive approach to the ocean plastic pollution crisis is so crucial.
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