Hawaiian Monk Seal

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The Hawaiian monk seal, Monachus schauinslandi, is a critically endangered earless seal that is endemic to the Hawaiian Islands, known to the native Hawaiians as 'Ilio-holo-i-ka-uaua, or "dog that runs in rough waters."

Its common name derives from its round head covered with short hairs, giving it the appearance of a medieval friar. The name may also reflect the fact that it lives a solitary existence relative to other species that collect in large colonies. Hawaiian...
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