By Rico Besserdich & Doug Perrine
‘Ilio-holo-i-ka-uaua’ is the indigenous name for Hawaiian Monk Seals (Monachus schauinslandi) which translates to ’dog running in the rough seas’. Endemic to the Hawaiian islands, the Hawaiian monk seal is a species in crisis. The population has dropped to around 1000 individuals and is endanger of extinction. These few individuals are what is left of a species that existed for million of years.
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