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monk seal

n.
Any of three seals of the genus Monachus of the Hawaiian, Mediterranean, and Caribbean regions, characterized by folds of skin on the neck. The Caribbean monk seal is believed to have become extinct in the mid-twentieth century.

[From the resemblance of the skin folds to a monk's cowl.]

monk′ seal`


n.
any of several small earless seals of the subtropical genus Monachus.
Translations

monk seal

n (Zool) → Mönchsrobbe f
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The public has been angered over environmental damage at the sea caves, which are a birthing spot for the endangered Mediterranean monk seal (monachus monachus).
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The Hawaiian monk seal's two closest relatives have fared even worse: Fewer than 700 Mediterranean monk seals hang on between Madeira and the Aegean Sea, while the last Caribbean monk seal was seen in the 1950s.
It is also a sheltering spot for the critically endangered Mediterranean Monk Seal, of which there are less than 600 in the world.
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We realize that we're going through a period of pretty dramatic transition in the Main Hawaiian Islands where just in over a decade, really, have monk seals shown up in any great number and become part of our lives,'' said Charles Littnan, lead scientist for the Hawaiian Monk Seal Research Program at NOAA Fisheries.
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