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Mediterranean Monk Seal Monachus monachus
2012-06-23 10:50:34

The Mediterranean monk seal (Monachus monachus) is a rare pinniped, or “fin-footed mammal” that can be found in areas of the Mediterranean Sea, as well as in the Atlantic waters of the Tropic of Cancer. Not much is known about the chosen land habitats of this seal, but until the 20th century, it could be seen relaxing or pup rearing on open beaches. It now dwells in underwater caves and...

Caribbean Monk Seal
2007-07-16 13:42:02

The Caribbean Monk Seal or West Indian Monk Seal, (Monachus tropicalis), is an extinct species of seal and the only seal ever to be known as native to the Caribbean sea and the Gulf of Mexico. The last recorded sighting of this mammal occurred in 1932 off the coast of Texas. The last possible known colony of monk seals was at Seranilla Bank, Jamaica, in 1952. It was a relatively small seal...

Hawaiian Monk Seal
2007-02-14 07:10:27

The Hawaiian monk seal (Monachus schauinslandi) in the Family Phocidae is an endangered marine mammal that is native to the warm, clear waters of the Hawaiian Islands. It gets its common name from its round head covered with short hairs, giving it the appearance of a medieval friar. The name may also reflect the fact that the Hawaiian monk seal lives a more solitary existence, in comparison...