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Two Hawaiian monk seals on the beach

Seal Stories is a live virtual program developed on Hawaiʽi Island specifically for upper elementary teachers and their students in the state of Hawaiʽi.

During each virtual session, you and your students will meet experts from The Marine Mammal Center and hear stories about Hawaiian monk seals throughout the Hawaiian archipelago. Together, you'll learn about the threats to this endangered species and the many ways you can help through everyday actions. 

Each session will also include a call to action and follow-up classroom activity. Session information and follow-up activities are connected to Ocean Literacy Principles and upper elementary Next Generation Science Standards.

Hawaiian monk seal entangled in fishing gear

Register Your Classroom to Participate in Seal Stories

Engage your 4th and 5th grade students in discussions about their role in conserving the only marine mammal species native to the Hawaiian Islands by attending one or more of the six sessions being held every Tuesday from March 30 through May 4. Each session will focus on a different topic and will be broadcast live on Zoom. 

There is no cost to participate in this program, but you must register to get the Zoom link for each session.

Seal Stories Session 1: Hawaiʽi Island Seals

Tuesday, March 30 | 9:30 am HST | Live Virtual Program

Join experts from The Marine Mammal Center as they share stories of Hawaiian monk seals, threats to this endangered species and ways you can help through everyday actions. This session's topic will focus on barbed hooks and entanglement.

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Seal Stories Session 2: Maui Nui Seals

Tuesday, April 6 | 9:30 am HST | Live Virtual Program

Join experts from The Marine Mammal Center as they share stories of Hawaiian monk seals, threats to this endangered species and ways you can help through everyday actions. This session's topic will focus on the ecological and cultural value of Hawaiian monk seals, and tell the story of the interconnectedness of Hawaiian monk seals and Hawaiian people.

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Seal Stories Session 3: Oʽahu Seals

Tuesday, April 13 | 9:30 am HST | Live Virtual Program

Join experts from The Marine Mammal Center as they share stories of Hawaiian monk seals, threats to this endangered species and ways you can help through everyday actions. This session's topic will focus on toxoplasmosis and diseases in Hawaiian monk seals.

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Seal Stories Session 4: Kauaʽi Seals

Tuesday, April 20 | 9:30 am HST | Live Virtual Program

Join experts from The Marine Mammal Center as they share stories of Hawaiian monk seals, threats to this endangered species and ways you can help through everyday actions. This session's topic will focus on Hawaiian monk seal pups, including the relationship between mother and pup, and the growing Hawaiian monk seal population.

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Seal Stories Session 5: Papahānaumokuākea Seals
(Part 1)

Tuesday, April 27 | 9:30 am HST | Live Virtual Program

Join experts from The Marine Mammal Center as they share stories of Hawaiian monk seals, threats to this endangered species and ways you can help through everyday actions. This session's topic will focus on marine debris removal efforts with our partner organization NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration). 

This is a two-part program; please join us on May 4 for part 2.

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Seal Stories Session 6: Papahānaumokuākea Seals
(Part 2)

Tuesday, May 4 | 9:30 am HST | Live Virtual Program

Join experts from The Marine Mammal Center as they share stories of Hawaiian monk seals, threats to this endangered species and ways you can help through everyday actions. This session's topic will focus on tracking seal foraging behaviors and climate change impacts with our partner organization NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration). 

This is a two-part program; please join us on April 27 for part 1.

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Have Questions?

Please email us at EduHI@tmmc.org or call us at (808) 326-7325.