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After Dark in the Park Video Archives - August 17 2010

Endandered Hawaiian Monk Seals - New Protections, But Numbers Still Declining

The increasing number of monk seals in the main Hawaiian Islands cannot keep pace with the decline in the number of seals in the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands, even with the protection afforded by the recent designation of Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument. Join Bill Gilmartin, retired leader of the Monk Seal Recovery Program and current Monk Seal Recovery Team member as he discusses the changes occuring in the monk seal population, the challenges and heroic actions being taken to correct the downward trend.

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Did You Know?

`a`a flowing over an older flow of pahoehoe.

The two types of Hawaiian lava differ in appearance but are chemically alike. Pahoehoe has a smoother and ropey surface where a`a is jagged and clinkery.