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2007-05-30 18:00:00

HONOLULU - An endangered monk seal drowned over the weekend after becoming trapped in an unattended fishing net off Oahu's Makua Beach. Another monk seal found partially entangled in the gill net on Sunday survived. The dead animal was an adult male between 5 and 10 years old that had been staying around Kaena Point, said David Schofield, a marine mammal response coordinator for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. The second seal followed the dead animal's carcass to shore...


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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 caverns in order to escape human actions including tourism and expansion. The Mediterranean monk...

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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 with other seals that in places collect in large colonies. The Hawaiian monk seal comes from ancestors...

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Word of the Day
caparison
  • A cloth or covering, more or less ornamented, laid over the saddle or furniture of a horse, especially of a sumpter-horse or horse of state.
  • Clothing, especially sumptuous clothing; equipment; outfit.
  • To cover with a caparison, as a horse.
  • To dress sumptuously; adorn with rich dress.
This word ultimately comes from the Medieval Latin 'cappa,' cloak.
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