A hawaiian monk seal swimming. Image: James Watt/NOAA
Ilio-holo-ikauaua (ee-lee-o holo ee ka ooa-ooa) meaning ‘dog that runs in the sea ’
The Hawaiian monk seal has thrived for the past 13 million years in the oceanic waters and coral reefs of the Hawaiian Islands. Today, the Hawaiian monk seal is critically endangered and headed toward extinction. Hawaiian monk seals are the most endangered endemic marine mammal in the USA and one of the most endangered marine mammals in the world. Over the last 50 years, the Hawaiian monk seal population has declined by more than 60% and is now at its lowest level in recorded history. Fewer than 1200 Hawaiian monk seals remain in the wild. Reasons for the decline of the monk seal include: overfishing, limited food availability, entanglement in marine debris, habitat loss, shark predation, competition for food, aggressive male behavior, deaths of pups, an aging population, harmful algal blooms, and global climate change.
Most Hawaiian monk seals can be found around the Northwest Hawaiian Islands in the Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument, but a small, but growing number now live in the main Hawaiian Islands. Hawaiian monk seals spend the vast majority of their lives at sea, but do come to shore to give birth, molt, and to find shelter in large storms. They forage on the coral reefs and sandy bottoms and eat fish and invertebrates including: reef fish, flatfish, eels, octopus, and lobsters. They mature at 5-10 years of age and can live for 25-30 years, although many new seal pups fail to reach adulthood.
It’s essential to move forward with Hawaiian monk seal recovery now. Every year we wait brings the Hawaiian monk seals closer to extinction. Survival rates of monk seal pups have dropped from 80-90% in the 1970s to lower than 15% today. As the older breeding females begin to pass away, there are fewer younger animals maturing, which could lead to a catastrophic collapse of the entire population. Unless major actions are taken toward recovery in the next 5 or 10 years, the population of Hawaiian monk seals will continue to decline. Hawaiian monk seals need our help now. With adequate public and private support and effective state and federal management we will be able turn this situation around. MCBI is working to save the monk seal by encouraging federal and state governments and agencies to increase the amount of money and support that goes toward monk seal recovery and management, by raising awareness of the plight of the Hawaiian Monk Seal, and by building partnerships between public and private agencies to work together to recover this amazing species.
The only way to stop the dolphin slaughter is to keep showing up in these remote villages and going on patrol. We will continue monitoring, advocating, filming, and bringing international media attention to the dolphin slaughter and the related captures. One of the main reasons that the killing continues is that very few people — in Japan and around the world — even know it is happening. Worldwide exposure of the slaughter is the key to stopping it.
When the hunt is over each day, the bodies of the dolphins are hauled away to the slaughterhouse for processing. Our team tries to photograph the butchering in order to get the information out to the Japanese people, but we are constantly blocked by the Taiji dolphin killers. They don’t want the public to know about their dirty, little secret, so they spend a lot of time covering it up. They know that if the Japanese public and the world learn the truth about this barbaric practice, world opinion would immediately put an end to it.
The whalers in Taiji told us not to take any photographs. They said that if our photos and video footage get out to the rest of the world, it would pressure the authorities in Tokyo to deny them permits for the annual dolphin slaughter.
Our campaign has brought tremendous international attention to the slaughter. The killings are carried out in remote fishing villages, and the dolphin hunters are not used to being monitored and exposed to this degree. It is becoming more and more difficult for them to keep the slaughter a secret from the world.
We need to continue returning to Japan to document the dolphin massacres and give the photos and video footage away to the media, free of charge. We will continue to encourage journalists to return to Japan with us. Exposing these crimes against nature is crucial to the success of our campaign.
We need your help to get the word out quickly.
Help keep our team on the ground in Japan.
The International Whaling Commission has just unveiled a proposal to legalize commercial whale hunting for the first time in 24 years.
Now, countries are deciding whether to support it — or push back. Already, New Zealand’s Foreign Minister has described some provisions as “unacceptable,” “inflammatory,” and “offensive.”
A massive global outcry is needed now, as other key countries choose how to react. Avaaz will deliver this petition to the Commission delegates each time it adds another 100,000 signatures — sign below and spread the word!
TAKE ACTION NOW!
Something Very Rotten in Denmark
Commentary by Captain Paul Watson
“What a piece of work is a man, how ignoble in reason, how finite in faculties, in form and moving how crude and contemptible, in action how like a destroying demon, in apprehension how like a cruel god! the scourge of the world, he most monstrous of all animals— and yet, to me, what is this quintessence of dust? Mankinds foul butchery delights not me, nor the living things of the Earth, or woman neither, though by their cynical smiling, he Danes seem to say so.“
– Shakespeare revised for modern times.
- Torn from Hamlet and butchered by the author to illustrate a point.
Please click here to read more about this horrible atrocity going on in the Faroe Islands. You can write and e-mail your protests of this practice to:
Prime Minister Lars Løkke Rasmussen
The Prime Minister’s Office
Prins Jørgens Gård 11
1218 Copenhagen K
Telephone +45 33 92 33 00
Fax +45 33 11 16 65
The Danish Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Fisheries The Department
DK-1260 Copenhagen V
Tel +45 33 92 33 01
Fax +45 33 14 50 42
Press service: +45 20 91 59 01
Kaj Leo Johannesen
Prime Minister’s Office
FO- 110 Tórshavn
Tel: +298 306000
Fax: +298 306015
Ministry of Fisheries
P.O. Box 347
Tel. (+298) 353030
Fax (+298) 353035
Mánadag – Hósdag 8 – 16
Fríggjadag 8 – 15
I live in Glens Falls, NY, about 50 miles north of Albany, and I plan on holding a screening at our local cafe. I’m not going to charge admission, I just want to help spread the word and open people’s eyes to what is going on in the world. Please join me:
Friday, April 23rd @ 7:00pm
Rock Hill Bakehouse Cafe
19 Exchange Street
Glens Falls, NY 12801
The Pangaea Shark Project is a Satellite project to Mike Horns Pangaea Expedition
Our aim is to use our network of young adults from around the world to take an active part of repairing damage that has been done to our planet. We established the Shark Project as we see the need to act fast, as sharks are under threat.
We started to make some t-shirt designs, which are for sale online, and will get sold through sponsor websites, as well through our network in schools all around the world. 100% of the sales profit is going to be used for shark conservation projects.
Phase two will be start running campaigns to educate the youth, especially in Asian countries, so hopefully traditions can be broken and the shark consumption can be reduced to a more sustainable level, and shark finning is going to become illegal.
We are already working with governments, scientists, sponsors and ambassadors, but we hope the t-shirts with some great messages will help us spreading the word faster! Each of you can help, as your t-shirt purchase will be a donation for the sharks.
Your Pangaea Shark Project team!