Honey Girl in the News
|Honey Girl with a fishing hook in her mouth. Source: NOAA|
Honey Girl underwent reconstructive surgery in which veterinarians removed about a third of her tongue. She currently resides at the Honolulu Aquarium where she is rehabilitating. She is doing well and should be released once she makes a full recovery.
|Honey Girl found emaciated on Sunset Beach. Source: NOAA|
A Little Information about the Hawaiian Monk Seal
The Hawaiian monk seal population has declined over 60% in the last 50 years and their population size continues to decrease at a rate of 4.1% every year. In addition to this overall population decline, the survival rate of pups is less than 15%.
The declines in the Hawaiian monk seal population are not solely due to human interactions or entanglement in fishing gear, but also predation by sharks and declines in food sources.
|Healthy Hawaiian Monk Seals. Source: NOAA|
Marine Conservation Institute Working to Protect the Hawaiian Monk Seal
Marine Conservation Institute advocates for the protection of the Hawaiian monk seal by ensuring adequate federal funding for the recovery of the seal and by building partnerships between the public and federal and state agencies. Marine Conservation Institute is also working on the ground in Hawaii to raise awareness of the plight of the Hawaiian monk seal with local communities, public officials, and tourists.