Hawaiian monk seals are an endangered species of seal that only live in Hawaii. The number of seals at the main breeding colonies in the Northwest Hawaiian Islands was approximately 69% lower in 2011 than in 1958; the population continues to decline and now numbers around 1200 animals.

Our scientists have worked with National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) colleagues to identify feeding and resting habitats important to Hawaiian monk seals to evaluate potential threats to them like debris entanglement and disease. SeaWorld San Antonio vets and staff assisted scientists from HSWRI and Dalhousie University with a study on monk seal blubber and what it could tell us about the animals’ diet.

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