Caribbean Monk Seal

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The Caribbean Monk Seal, (Monachus Tropicalis) was a once abundant species with a range spread over a considerable area. The last confirmed sighting was in 1952, between Nicaragua and Jamaica. Several surveys have been undertaken in the hope of discovering a last few remaining individuals but sadly, in 2008 the IUCN listed the species officially as extinct. These seals lacked an inherent fear of man, which undoubtedly added to their demise as they were heavily hunted by settlers to the region from the mid 1600's onwards. Their oil was used to grease machinery on sugar cane plantations. It is the only species of seal to have become extinct in modern times. Let us unite to conserve all other species to prevent this tally from rising. 
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These animals are extinct. Art and stuffed taxidermist samples are all we have to show you. Let this species be a stark reminder of our greed. 

These animals are extinct. Art and stuffed taxidermist samples are all we have to show you. Let this species be a stark reminder of our greed. 

Postage stamp from Tanzania



The historical range of the Caribbean Monk Seal



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