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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

Your Classroom Can 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 watching one or more of the six sessions below. Each session focuses on a different topic and was broadcast live on Zoom, but is now available as a recording. 

There is no cost to participate in this program, but you must request the recording and classroom activities for each session.

Seal Stories Session 1: Hawaiʽi Island Seals

Tuesday, March 30 | Recording Now Available

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 | Recording Now Available

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 | Recording Now Available

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 | Recording Now Available

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 | Recording Now Available

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). 

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Seal Stories Session 6: Papahānaumokuākea Seals
(Part 2)

Tuesday, May 4 | Recording Now Available

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). 

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Have Questions?

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