Hawaiian Monk Seal
Hawaiian Monk Seal - Marine Debris Awareness Bracelet
Planet Love Life nautical bracelets are handcrafted from recycled marine rope debris. Each piece of salvaged rope is unique with slight variations in color and condition, caused by natural weathering. All bracelets are 100% waterproof & fastened with a custom tag featuring the Planet Love Life logo and brand name.
The rope used to make these bracelets was collected in Hawaii by Sustainable Coastlines Hawaii during a beach cleanup. The Hawaiian Monk seal is a limited edition grey and blue rope with a slightly rough texture.
Every bracelet purchased helps to keep our oceans & beaches clean and comes with a Sustainable Coastlines Hawaii sticker!
Proceeds directly fund beach cleanup projects.
- Color: Grey / Blue
- Hardware: Stainless Steel
- Size: Adjustable (6 - 7.5" wrist)
- Rope Thickness: 7mm
- Waterproof: Yes
- Location Found: Hawaii
Although seals in the Main Hawaiian Islands are increasing through natural reproduction, the high mortality of seals in the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands is causing and an overall population decline of about 4% per year. If that trend continues, in less than 20 years, the population would be halved to 450-550 seals and the species would be in an extremely precarious position, leaving it vulnerable to a disease outbreak or environmental disruption events like hurricanes or ocean warming.
The Hawaiian monk seal has thrived for the past 13 million years in the oceanic waters and coral reefs of the Hawaiian Islands. Today, the Hawaiian monk seal is critically endangered and headed toward extinction. Hawaiian monk seals are the most endangered endemic marine mammal in the USA and one of the most endangered marine mammals in the world. Over the last 50 years, the Hawaiian monk seal population has declined by more than 60% and is now at its lowest level in recorded history (fewer than 1100). Reasons for the decline of the monk seal include: human hunting of species to near extinction in the mid-1800s; entanglement in fishing marine debris; unintentional hooking and entanglement in fishing gear; loss of habitat for pupping and resting; competition for food in the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands (NWHI); aggression by males that kill females or pups; and shark predation in the NWHI.
Most Hawaiian monk seals can be found around the NWHI in the Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument, but a small and growing number now live in the main Hawaiian Islands. The overall population is declining, but the increase in the main Hawaiian Islands is promising for the future of the species. However, with more seals in the human populated islands of the Hawaiian Islands, more people will interact with the seal. Efforts to help humans and seals to co-exist with each other is important for the recovery of the species.
SOURCE: Marine Conservation Institute
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