Endangered Hawaiian Monk Seals: What about "All Those Years Ago"?

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Real Estate Agent with Liberty Homes RS-#62825

 

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Hawaii is considered to be the "Endangered Species Capital of the World" with more than 317 plants and animal species that are endangered per sq. mile than anywhere else in the world.  The most endangered mammal that is on the endangered species list is the HAWAIIAN MONK SEAL and every day there is something on our local news stations about these precious creatures.

The Hawaiian Monk Seal usually lives around the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands (i.e. Midway Atoll,  Kure Atoll, French Frigate Shoals etc.) and because they are uninhabited and remote and very little human presence it is the perfect place to live for these easily disturbed creatures.

Where the population of the Monk Seal used to be high, it has decreased 11% per year since 1989 and is the MOST endangered marine mammal in the United States. One of the main factors for their decrease in population is contributed to discarded fish nets and lines that the monk seals get entagled in. Another contributing factor is that the Laysan and Lisianski male seals are attacking the females and the deaths are up to 10 to 11 seals on Laysan alone which is 4% of the island's populations.

Conservation Efforts:

  • The efforts are overseen by the National Marine Fisheries Service and other private, government and universities. 
  • U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service manages many remote islands as National Wildlife Refuges to protect their habitat
  • They continuously monitor monk seal reproduction
  • Monitor survival techniques and their behavior
  • Volunteer groups remove leftover debri and discarded fishing nets/lines from the ocean and beaches
  • The U.S. Coast Guard and U.S. Navy lend a hand in the remote areas as well.

Lately, the Hawaiian Monk Seal has been seen around our main Hawaiian Islands. About 120 now live around our main islands and on our island of Oahu they are frequently seen around the western side by Kaena Point. On our KGMB news this evening NOAA Marine Mammal Response Coordinator, David Schofield said while he's documenting the mammals he tries hard not to disrupt them. Under the Marine Mammal Protection Act and Endangered Species Act it is considered a violation and called "harassment" if you are walking along the beach and a Monk Seal lifts its head and vocalizes or retreats into the water because you disrupted it. WOW.

More on the KGMB 9 news story: Preserving Monk Seal Populations

Because of the crisis that the endangered species is now facing the NOAA will be signing a new recovery plan during a ceremony at the Waikiki Aquarium, August 22, 2007 and it is the first change in the plan since 1983. The Monk Seal's population is estimated at 1,200 and  they are estimating it will drop to 1,000 within the next three to four years.

They were listed as an endangered species in 1976 under the Federal Endangered Species Act. Critical habitat was designated in 1988 from beaches to a depth of 20 fathoms (120 feet) around the northwestern Hawaiian islands............The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

.................And now  the Hawaiian Monk Seal in a critical endangered species category facing extinction.

Everyone can help by:

  • Respecting the privacy of the seal.
  • Stay at least 150 feet away from the seal 
  • Keep dogs on a leash so they do not disrupt or attack seals.
  • Fishing seal friendly
  • Report all monk seal sightings by calling NOAA hotline numbers. (Oahu call 220-7802; Neighbor Islands call toll free 888-256-9840)


  

All Those Years Ago.....George Harrison 

Hear them shouting all about love
While they treated you like a dog
When you were the one who had made it
so clear
All those years ago.

Hear them talking all about how to give
They don't act with much honesty
But you point the way to the truth when you say
All you need is love.

Living with good and bad
I always looked up to you
Now we're left cold and sad
By someone the devil's best friend
Someone who offended all.

We're living in a bad dream
They've forgotten all about mankind
And you were the one they backed up to
the wall
All those years ago
You were the one who Imagined it all
All those years ago.


Deep in the darkest night
I send out a prayer to you
Now in the world of light
Where the spirit free of the lies
And all else that we despised.

They've forgotten all about God
He's the only reason we exist
Yet you were the one that they said was
so weird
All those years ago
You said it all though not many had ears
All those years ago
You had control of our smiles and our tears
All those years ago

 

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Celeste "Sally" Cheeseman  is a Realtor-Associate® and Certified Residential Specialist (CRS) with Century 21 Liberty Homes in Mililani, Hawaii. With a sharp understanding that a listening ear is the key to a client's needs  she serves the island of Oahu (Honolulu County) and all Hawaii Military Relocations, Hawaii Retirees, Hawaii Job Transfers and Hawaii Residents, Home Buyers and Sellers.

 

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Thesa Chambers
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One of my favorite things to do at the Oregon Coast is watch the seals and the sea lions.... they are cute and entertaining - I am glad to see HI is doing something to protect them.... and your advice is so simple and so important.
Aug 22, 2007 06:21 PM #34
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Beautiful post, Sally, I rated this a 5 and hope it continues to crop up at AR.

With the advent of ocean going cruises,  the oceans rapidly  became toxic waste dumping grounds. I can't help but believe that part of the reason for the Monk Seal's decline may be attributed to the fact that their main food, fish, is increasingly contaminated. As a mammal ingests toxins through the food that it eats, the reproductive organs are affected and productivity drops down. This is also seen in humans with the human male's sperm count steadily decreasing in the modern world.

Here in Canada we have the white Beluga Whale who is undergoing the same kind of decline and is near extinction. It is currently rated as the most toxic living animal....kind of a living toxic waste dump.

Thank you for posting about one of our fellow creatures who may soon no longer be with us.  Have you ever read this poem ?  It is my favourite~

For A Coming Extinction by W.S. Merwin 

Jo 

Aug 22, 2007 11:40 PM #35
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Sally, Wonderful post (as always) - I am not a "tree hugger" or a "green" person (I drive a SUV) but the loss of some plants and animals does make one think. What will be here tomorrow?
Aug 23, 2007 12:46 AM #36
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Sally~

As I read your post this morning, I was reminded of a lesson my Grandfather taught me...pay attention to the road behind you and the road ahead..." Stewardship is a path that requires focused attention, as you point out.

Aug 23, 2007 01:47 AM #37
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Sally, there is poetry in your soul.  Thank you for this post.

Mike in Tucson

Aug 23, 2007 01:52 AM #38
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Diane Velikis
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Sally, what a cute seal! To look at them they seem so vulnerable! I wasn't able to open the video (my computer is having problems) but I can imagine it is an awesome one! I hope more people like you will rise up to the cause and help those critters!
Aug 23, 2007 02:15 AM #39
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Thesa: Take pictures and share!  I love when you do shows like the deer guys.

Jo:  Eww...they didn't mention that so I hope that's not the case in our waters!

Phil:  I'm learning and not all involved like some...but these guys just tore at my heart strings.....another news piece on the news last night.

janeAnne:  And it is. And I will keep those words of your Grandfather as a gentle reminder in my memory bank.

Mike: I used to write a lot of poetry....it turned to blogging!

Diane: The video was just a you tube of George Harrison.  They are soooo cute.

Aug 23, 2007 05:41 AM #40
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Sally... first off, the picture is cute. I just hope you didn't get to close if you took that picture. I hope you used a zoom lense. ;o)   Overall, some very interesting information.  I like driving around and seeing the seals hanging out on rocks along shorelines. I first saw this when I was on the California coast visiting. 

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Aug 23, 2007 08:27 AM #41
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Jeff: Here ya go...put another one further away so you feel all safe.  I saw a bunch in Monterey on this huge rock.  I will be doing a follow up...more transpired since I wrote this....news last night and more today.
Aug 23, 2007 08:59 AM #42
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 This is so sad...your suggestions to help prevent this sweet endangered species is helpful!! 
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Sally.... thanks, I feel so safe now.   lol
Aug 23, 2007 01:40 PM #44
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Susie: Aww....those seals are cute!

Jeff...that's right

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Well, another fantastic article! You are so-o good!

I get so angry when I see documentaries of the fishing boats from other countries ignoring international laws or doing the net fishing. The US isn't blameless when it comes to caring for wildlife or animals - hence the people coming to Michael Vick's defense. We've got to take better care of our animals if we - as humans - want a future.

Aug 24, 2007 05:35 AM #46
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Elaine:  Thanks for coming by to read....and you are so correct!
Aug 24, 2007 05:39 AM #47
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Sally - I don't know what is more amazing - your ability to write about Hawaaii or the fact "you" shine through in all your posts.

Everyone wants a piece of the land with no thought to the natural habitat they endanger. The seals need a voice and you have been their voice today!

Aug 25, 2007 03:31 AM #48
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Paula: I need to do a follow up. So much has happened!
Aug 25, 2007 04:45 AM #49
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It's been heartening to see bald eagles again....I'm old enough to remember when we almost ran out of them. What an inspiring post, and a great read. I remember all the fish and the sea turtles...they were a new experience for me. I also know i want tourists to either shape up or stay out of the gallapagos.  Anyway, thanks to Elaine I found this post and I am so glad.
Aug 25, 2007 11:55 AM #50
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Carole: Thanks for coming by to read and support. I wish I could see a bald eagle. I saw a vulture at our zoo....I know, not the same thing...:)
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Hi Celeste, thanks for posting this blog and raising the awareness about endangered Hawaiian wildlife.
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Thanks for dropping by Evan!
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