Hawaiian Monk Seals - Working to Recover the Endangered Seal of Hawai‘i

May 18, 2023

Stacie Robinson, Research Ecologist (with NOAA's Hawaiian Monk Seal Research Program)

Hawaiian monk seals, ʻilioholoikauaua, are the world's only tropical seal and one of the most endangered marine mammals. These unique seals are native to, and only live in the Hawaiian Archipelago. The biggest segment of their population resides in the remote islands and atolls of Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument. NOAA’s Hawaiian Monk Seal Research Program works throughout the populated main Hawaiian Islands and the Monument to understand the biology of monk seals, what they need to survive, what threatens their survival, and how to help. Join one of the program's ecologists, Dr. Stacie Robinson, as she shares the latest status updates and research.

This presentation is part of the Third Thursday By the Bay Presentation Series at Mokupāpapa Discovery Center, which is the visitor center for Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument in Hilo, Hawaiʻi. This lecture series is also supported by the National Marine Sanctuary Foundation through a grant from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation.