Caribbean Monk Seal Declared Extinct

June 17, 2008 / 1 Comment

monkseal Caribbean Monk Seal Declared ExtinctAn Endangered Sea Dragon is Pregnant. That’s the good news. The bad news is we are saying good-bye to the Caribbean monk seal. Also known as the West Indian monk seal, sadly The US National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) declared it extinct. Gone. No more.

The cause? Tremendous hunting pressure for food, blubber and research. Research as in how not to drive them extinct? We hope not. The blubber is used as a source of oil to coat ship hulls, lubrication and oil lamps. The Steller’s sea cow, the Japanese sea lion, have preceded the monk seal.

The white river dolphin of the Yangtze river was thought to be extinct, but good news of the discovery of one (dead) is causing watchers to rethink this conclusion.

It is never a happy thought to say good-bye, much less good-bye for good. Let’s not just hope, but rather take action so as to not need to say good-bye to any other marine animals, eh?