`Ilioholoikauaua, the Hawaiian monk seal, is one of the most endangered marine mammals on earth. Today, dwindling numbers of monk seals forage in shallow nearshore and deep water habitat and haul out on beaches throughout the Hawaiian Islands, from the remote Kure Atoll to the west-facing beaches of the Big Island. Within the next five years, its population is expected to plummet below 1,000 individuals, a key benchmark on the path to extinction.
Recovery is possible. What is needed is adequate protection of monk seal habitat and acommitment to fully fund its recovery plan. But without our strong, immediate action, the Hawaiian monk seal -- and our cultural, spiritual, and historical connections to it -- will be lost forever.
Please sign today! Help us collect 1,000 signatures on this petition to demonstrate the public's commitment to saving `iliokai from extinction. Mahalo!