Range-wide patterns in Hawaiian monk seal movements among islands and atolls

Thea C. Johanos, Albert L. Harting, Tracy L. Wurth & Jason Daniel Baker
Most Hawaiian monk seals reside in the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands (NWHI) where population abundance is declining. A small and growing number also occur in the main Hawaiian Islands (MHI), and rare sightings have been documented at Johnston Atoll, south of the Hawaiian Archipelago. Until recently, it was thought that there was essentially no movement of seals between the NWHI and MHI. Here, we present a new analysis of movements throughout the species range based on...
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