Here's your daily dose of cute: A Hawaiian monk seal yearling takes care of an itch. Photographer Mark Sullivan captured this moment at the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands National Wildlife Refuge. Photo courtesy of the National Wildlife Refuge Association.
The Hawaiian monk seal is one of the rarest marine mammals in the world. Part of the "true seal" family (Phocidae), they are one of only two remaining monk seal species. … Isolated from their closest relative 15 million years ago, Hawaiian monk seals are considered a "living fossil" because of their distinct evolutionary lineage. // Population of Hawaiian monk seal: <1200 // Population of Harp Seal: 7.3 million (in Canadian waters alone) #sealhunt
There are fewer than Hawaiian monk seals left--making them the most endangered marine mammal in the world. Urge Senate leaders to fund programs that will help save the Hawaiian monk seal from extinction!