Volunteers needed for monk seal count

Published On: May 06 2014 09:54:47 PM HST   Updated On: May 06 2014 10:23:36 PM HST

The Hawaiian monk seal is one of the rarest marine mammals in the world and needs your help to be saved from extinction.

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The 14th semi-annual Main Hawaiian Islands Monk Seal Count will be held May 17 and organizers are looking for volunteers to help find, count and identify monk seals around the island.

Those rare mammals found only in Hawaii with about 1,100 left.

"Often times it leads us to finding seals that have injuries or have been hooked. Sometimes new seals that we haven't seen here on the islands have been discovered. Other times there we find pups we didn't know about," said Heide Weber of the Monk Seal Foundation.

The event will run from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

The seal count is open to everyone; no experience needed.

Click here to sign up and volunteer for the event.


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