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 Hawaii has numerous prohibitions put in place to protect marine wildlife, including monk seals, which are protected under the Endangered Species Act, the Marine Mammal Protection Act and Hawaii law. Kimberlee Speakman, Peoplemag, 29 Mar. 2023 The organization helped take the monk seal to a NOAA Fisheries facility for examination. Dennis Romero, NBC News, 26 July 2023 Endangered monk seal pup found dead in Hawaii was likely caused by dog attack, officials say Are sea lions dangerous? Saman Shafiq, USA TODAY, 25 July 2023 On East, a molting monk seal smelled worse than sweaty, pungent gym socks. Smithsonian Magazine, 10 July 2023 Wildlife officials in Hawaii say a monk seal has been found dead in Oahu - the second seal death reported on the island in three months. Natalie Neysa Alund, USA TODAY, 15 June 2023 Travelers who visit the area and spot monk seals are encouraged to call the NOAA Fisheries Marine Wildlife Hotline at 888-256-9840. Michael Cappetta, Travel + Leisure, 21 Apr. 2023 Critically endangered Hawaiian monk seals give birth on the shores. Smithsonian Magazine, 10 July 2023 An endangered monk seal pup found dead on the North Shore of the Hawaiian island of Oahu last month was most likely killed in a dog attack, federal officials said. Dennis Romero, NBC News, 26 July 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1841, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of monk seal was in 1841

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“Monk seal.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Feb. 2024.

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