By Terrie M. Williams

While a day-old Hawaiian monk seal domestic dog is attacked and deserted via his mom on a seashore in Kauai, environmental officers needs to make a decision in the event that they may still keep the baby animal or permit nature to take its path. yet as a member of the main endangered marine mammal species in U.S. waters, Kauai doggy 2, or KP2, is just too important to lose, and he embarks on an odyssey that might take him throughout an ocean to the one certified caretaker to just accept the activity, eminent natural world biologist Dr. Terrie M. Williams.

The neighborhood islanders see KP2 as an venerated member in their neighborhood, yet executive brokers and scientists needs to give some thought to the $64000 position he may well play in collecting wisdom and knowledge approximately this significantly endangered and infrequent species. merely 1,100 Hawaiian monk seals live on within the wild; if their decline maintains with out intervention, they face yes extinction inside of fifty years. In a debatable selection, environmental officers ship KP2 to Williams's marine mammal lab in Santa Cruz, California, the place she and her workforce display screen his failing eyesight and assemble an important info that may support store KP2's species.

But whereas this younger seal is the topic of a fancy environmental fight and excessive media scrutiny, KP2 can be a boisterous and affectionate animal who adjustments the lives of the people who be aware of and deal with him-especially that of Williams. while she unravels the key biology of monk seals via learning his habit and coaching him, Williams reveals a kindred spirit in his loving nature and resilient energy. Their tale captures the common bond among people and animals and emphasizes the methods we aid and depend upon each other. The health and wellbeing of the world's oceans and the survival of individuals and creatures alike depend upon this historic connection.

The Odyssey of KP2 is an inside of examine the lifetime of a scientist and the function that her learn performs within the improvement of conservation efforts, bringing our modern environmental panorama to existence. it's also the heartwarming portrait of a Hawaiian monk seal whose unforgettable character by no means falters, whilst his destiny hangs within the balance.

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Of their personal manner they enjoyed the oceans and have been following their ardour, simply as we have been. there has been a distinction, notwithstanding. Kuleana calls for accountability and appreciate to your setting. Survival of the fittest, then, may well by no means be interpreted as a license for the main clever species to smash one other. • • • ABUSED AND deserted, careworn and shuttled among houses, slotted for euthanasia on a number of events, KP2 by no means misplaced his enthusiasm for all times, his fascination with people, or finally his kuleana. i discovered a lesson in that. If extra humans have been capable of learn the area round them, they might instinctively comprehend happiness. The options for the upkeep of the oceans, and the conservation of monk seals and the rest animals of the realm, could come obviously. • • • KP2’S ODYSSEY TAUGHT me that once embarking on any course we erase footprints at the back of us with a view to movement ahead. the times of diving for fish and discovering a mate within the wild waters of the Hawaiian Islands have been now relegated to KP2’s sighted prior. equally, in attempting to keep the world’s animals, I had misplaced the hyperlink to my very own organic destiny. KP2’s and my lineages have been destined to move extinct. but either the seal and that i have been privileged to be residing within the current. We had each one controlled to go the bounds that separated people from animals, and so helped to side each one other’s species clear of the extinction precipice. That was once sufficient for anyone existence. For a few, the start of rules and the nurturing of idea function both vital paths to immortality. That used to be KP2’s and my shared future, our shared kuleana. Epilogue In the time it took for us to take care of KP2 and for me to write down this e-book, the Hawaiian monk seal inhabitants declined one other notch. while KP2 arrived in California, his wild kin hovered at simply 1,100 participants. by the point he again to Hawaii, the numbers had declined to 1,060 seals, protecting a trajectory for extinction inside fifty years. there were new threats and new developments for monk seals as scientists, federal brokers, fishermen, conservation teams, and the general public combat with the following pressing steps. My thought of touring water ripples among Hawaii and far away land plenty turned a stark fact with the 2011 earthquake-generated tsunami that swelled around the Pacific Ocean from Japan, washing over the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands and destroying components of the Santa Cruz Harbor. Shockingly, a wave of particles together with lumber, home equipment, and plastics from the japanese earthquake is scheduled to hit the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands and the monk seals’ leading habitat starting in March 2012. Scientists are getting ready for the cleanup. Traci, Beau, and that i are looking forward to the arriving of recent monk seals on the lab to fill our heated swimming pools and our days with their antics and biology. In a circulation corresponding to Morgan the ocean otter, we’ve agreed to aim to rehabilitate one of many wild pup-killing monk seal men that may differently must be euthanized to avoid wasting the inhabitants.

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