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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?

The Kamehameha Butterfly is orange and black, with white spots.

Only two butterflies found in Hawai`i are native. The Kamehameha Butterfly (Vanessa tameamea) is Hawai`i's state insect, brightly colored, and larger than the Blackburn's blue (Udara blackburni).