monk seal


Definition of monk seal

: any of a genus (Monachus) of hair seals of Hawaii, the Mediterranean Sea, and formerly the Caribbean Sea

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Recent Examples on the Web In Hawaii, Waikiki Aquarium has set up new virtual experiences, like how to draw marine animals with Hawaiian nature artist Patrick Ching and webcams of the Hawaiian monk seal named Hoailona, the south shore of Waikiki, and the aquarium’s galleries. Leslie Hsu Oh, Outside Online, "Ocean Nerds, Check Out These Online Experiences," 27 Apr. 2020 Just two species have not—southern resident killer whales, and Hawaiian monk seals. Justin Rohrlich, Quartz, "The US is seeking someone to broker peace between humans and seals," 7 Aug. 2019 The study found 18% of the posts showed a monk seal responding to some type of disturbance by looking, moving away, or mouthing or barking. USA TODAY, "‘Joker’ stairs, migration art, Amazon in politics: News from around our 50 states," 31 Oct. 2019 Hawaiian monk seals are regularly vaccinated against PDV. Sarah Gibbens, National Geographic, "Deadly virus spreads among marine mammals as Arctic ice melts," 7 Nov. 2019 Certain butt diallers have no butt: last year, a gecko infiltrated the Ke Kai Ola Marine Mammal Center, a Hawaiian hospital that specializes in the care of monk seals. Jody Rosen, The New Yorker, "Rudy Giuliani and the Butt-Dialler Within All of Us," 5 Nov. 2019 The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration recommends staying 50 feet away from monk seals resting on a shoreline. USA TODAY, "‘Joker’ stairs, migration art, Amazon in politics: News from around our 50 states," 31 Oct. 2019 California’s sea otters aren’t the only mammals threatened by the parasite: As Inverse’s Hess reports, monk seals, beluga whales and dolphins are among the other marine species known to be affected by T. gondii. Meilan Solly, Smithsonian, "Parasite Spread by House Cats Is Killing California’s Sea Otters," 30 Aug. 2019 The program spends its time observing monk seals on the northern Hawaiian islands, putting them in the perfect position to observe this awkward young seal who can’t eat eels properly. Avery Thompson, Popular Mechanics, "Why Are Seals Getting Eels Stuck in Their Noses?," 7 Dec. 2018

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1841, in the meaning defined above

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