Takeaways:

  • The population of Hawaiian monk seals, found only in Hawaii, has surpassed 1500 seals.
  • This is higher than their number has been in over 20 years.
  • “If we have healthy monk seals, we know that the ecosystem that is supporting those animals is healthy and thriving,”  said Michelle Barbieri the lead scientist with the NOAA’s monk seal research program.

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