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One of the rarest marine mammals in the world, the Hawaiian Monk Seal (Monachus schauinslandi) is found only in the waters surrounding the Hawaiian Archipelago. Monk seals haul ashore during the day to rest after a night of fishing in the open ocean. Often, people mistakenly think that a resting seal is in trouble and try to chase the animal back into the ocean. The Hawaiian name for the Monk Seal is Ilio holo kai or "the dog that runs in the ocean." (photo: Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary)

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