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The Hawaiian monk seal
(Monachus schauinslandi)
walrus
Description
They have a relatively small, flat head with large black eyes, eight pairs of teeth, and short snouts with the nostril on top of the snout and vibrissae (whiskers) on each side. The nostrils are small vertical slits which close when the seal dives underwater. Additionally, their slender, torpedo-shaped body and hind flippers allow them to be very agile swimmers.
Dimensions
They exhibit sexual dimorphism, with females being larger than males. Females have an average length of 7 ft, and average weights of 447 lb. Males have an average length of 6 ft and an average weight of 372 lb.
Diet
They eat mostly fishes, but also cephalopods and crustaceans.
Habitat & Range
They utilize terrestrial and marine habitats. Sandy beaches are used for parturition, nursing, molting, and resting. They are endemic to the Hawaiian Archipelago.
Conservation status
THIS SPECIES IS LISTED AS CRITICALLY ENDANGERED

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