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Pu'uolai (Hawaiian Monk Seal)
[PUU-0301]

by Richard Fields



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Congratulations to the pu'uolai (Hawaiian monk seal)- -the official Hawaii state mammal as of 2008!

At that time, a bill was signed into law giving the endangered and much-beloved seal the official designation. Wildlife experts, who have long considered the seal one of the world’s most-endangered species, hope the move will raise international awareness about the native Hawaii mammal’s plight.

Roughly 1,200 Hawaiian monk seals remain in the wild, and about 80 to 100 of these live in waters surrounding the main Hawaiian Islands. The new bill gives the monk seals the same protection as the also endangered humpback whale, which is Hawaii's marine state mammal.

Here, viewed through the artistic expression of Richard Fields, a mother pu'uolai and her pup rest on the rocky shore.

Lahaina Printsellers custom-prints this image on waterproof canvas in our Lahaina studio using only the finest archival inks, which are tested and guaranteed not to fade or shift under normal circumstances for over 100 years.