Caribbean Monk Seal
Has a round head with large, wide eyes.
Not agressive; sluggish and curious.
Temperate tropical waters.
The last reliable record from anywhere was of a small colony at Seranilla Bank, a group of tiny coral islands halfway between Jamaica and Honduras, in 1952. An aerial survey in 1973 covering much of the species known range did not produce any seal sightings. Vessel surveys of the region in 1980 and 1984 also failed to locate any seals.
Social system/Group size
Usually groups of 20 - 40.
Hunted, entanglement in fishing gear and human disturbance.
The now extinct Caribbean monk seal was believed to have a life span of about 20 years.