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Keepin' it Reel: When Your Catch of the Day is Not What You Expected

A seal biologist’s experience on the wrong end of the line reminds us that we must be careful when fishing around protected species.
December 04, 2020 - Science Blog ,
Hawaiian monk seal RKA6 laying on beach with a hook in its mouth Hawaiian monk seal RKA6 resting on the beach with a hooked lip. Photo: Gary Langley.

Sighting Patterns Reveal Unobserved Pupping Events To Revise Reproductive Rate Estimates for Hawaiian Monk Seals in the Main Hawaiian Islands

We used sighting reports to describe female breeding biology and reproductive success in the main Hawaiian Islands.
November 23, 2020 - Peer-Reviewed Research ,

Revising Reproductive Rate Estimates for Hawaiian Monk Seals in the Main Hawaiian Islands

By examining sighting histories, we infer that 25 unobserved pupping events that had previously gone uncounted. This is the highest reproductive rate reported for any of the Hawaiian monk seal breeding sites.
November 23, 2020 - Peer-Reviewed Research ,

Population-Level Impacts of Natural and Anthropogenic Causes-of-Death for Hawaiian Monk Seals in the Main Hawaiian Islands

In this analysis, we quantify not only the frequency of specific causes‐of‐death (CODs) among main Hawaiian Island monk seals, but also assess the impact of individual CODs on the intrinsic growth rate, λ, of this population.
September 16, 2020 - Peer-Reviewed Research ,

Conservation Translocations of Hawaiian Monk Seals: Accounting for Variability in Body Condition Improves Evaluation of Translocation Efficacy

Hawaiian monk seal pup translocations conducted during 2012–2014 had a positive effect on the survival of pups.
August 03, 2020 - Peer-Reviewed Research ,

Four Generations of Hawaiian Monk Seals

A surprise discovery tells the story of one female's contribution to a population of endangered Hawaiian monk seals.
April 03, 2020 - Research ,

Recovery Action Database

Tracks the implementation of recovery actions from Endangered Species Act (ESA) recovery plans.
February 10, 2020 - Database ,
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Translocation as a Tool for Conservation of the Hawaiian Monk Seal

Here, we analyze our cumulative experience with translocation of Hawaiian monk seals in response to it's declining demographic. Outcomes suggest that in most cases the translocations were successful.
December 11, 2019 - Peer-Reviewed Research ,

Aversive Conditioning and Monk Seal–Human Interactions in the Main Hawaiian Islands Workshop November 10-11, 2009

The critically endangered monk seal, is found in tropical and subtropical waters of the central Pacific and Mediterranean Sea. Currently, the majority of the estimated 1161 Hawaiian monk seals are distributed throughout the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands.
December 09, 2019 - Peer-Reviewed Research ,