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It's official: Caribbean monk seal is extinct
MSNBC ^ | 7-6-2008 | MSNBC

Posted on 06/06/2008 3:25:16 PM PDT by Westlander

After five years of futile efforts to find or confirm sightings of any Caribbean monk seals — even just one — the U.S. government on Friday announced that the species is officially extinct and the only seal to vanish due to human causes.

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TOPICS: Food; Outdoors
KEYWORDS: animalrights; coastalenvironment; eat; environment; esa; food; meat; steak

1 posted on 06/06/2008 3:25:16 PM PDT by Westlander
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To: Westlander

Did you eat one? I didn’t eat one...how about you?


2 posted on 06/06/2008 3:27:01 PM PDT by Chickensoup ( A patriot must always be ready to defend his country against his government.)
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To: Westlander

zzzz

Drill for oil already


3 posted on 06/06/2008 3:27:10 PM PDT by Crazieman (Vote Juan McAmnesty in 2008! Because freedom abroad is more important than freedom at home!)
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To: Westlander

4 posted on 06/06/2008 3:29:06 PM PDT by CougarGA7 (Wisdom comes with age, but sometimes age comes alone.)
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To: Westlander

The problem I had with the Caribbean monk seals was that it always took more than one to make a decent meal.


5 posted on 06/06/2008 3:29:13 PM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (De-Globalize yourself !)
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To: Westlander

Because you can’t find one, it doesn’t mean they don’t exist.


6 posted on 06/06/2008 3:29:51 PM PDT by Sacajaweau (N)
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To: Westlander
the species is officially extinct and the only seal to vanish due to human causes.


7 posted on 06/06/2008 3:31:41 PM PDT by andyandval
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To: Westlander

Does this mean that we can drill now?


8 posted on 06/06/2008 3:32:56 PM PDT by Redcloak (The 2nd Amendment: It's not about sporting goods.)
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To: Westlander
Taste like chicken
9 posted on 06/06/2008 3:33:06 PM PDT by Dick Vomer (liberals suck....... but it depends on what your definition of the word "suck" is.,)
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To: Westlander
Taste like chicken
10 posted on 06/06/2008 3:33:06 PM PDT by Dick Vomer (liberals suck....... but it depends on what your definition of the word "suck" is.,)
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To: Westlander
the only seal to vanish due to human causes.

What did I do to get rid of a seal I never heard of much less saw?

11 posted on 06/06/2008 3:36:21 PM PDT by Dog Gone
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To: Redcloak

Had we put up a bunch of off shore platforms out there it would have provided the seals with a birth to rest on and they would have bred better. So by us not drilling we caused them to be extint. We better get some derricks out there before some other helpless sea animal dies out.


12 posted on 06/06/2008 3:37:12 PM PDT by CougarGA7 (Wisdom comes with age, but sometimes age comes alone.)
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To: Westlander

Oh wait, as I read deep into the story, even though one hasn’t been seen since 1952, global warming is to blame.


13 posted on 06/06/2008 3:39:34 PM PDT by Dog Gone
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To: Chickensoup
I did not eat one.

I ate two! They're so good, no one can eat just ONE!

The enviro-idiots ought to be happy! It's just Darwin-ism in action. Adapt or die. The seals did not adapt to humans hunting and eating their asses, so they DIED!

A.M.F., Caribbean Monk seal.

14 posted on 06/06/2008 3:40:17 PM PDT by Mr. Jazzy (The United States Marines. The finest and most feared fighting force in the history of mankind.)
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To: Westlander
the species is officially extinct and the only seal to vanish due to human causes.

The Hawaiian population is declining at a rate of about four percent per year, with challenges "such as lack of food sources for young seals (natural cause), entanglement in marine debris, (quite rare) predation by sharks (natural cause), and loss of haul-out and pupping beaches due to erosion (natural cause)," the service said.

So the Hawaiian monk seal population is shrinking mostly due to natural causes but the Carribean monk seal "vanished due to human causes" having last been seen in 1952.

15 posted on 06/06/2008 3:42:37 PM PDT by TLI ( ITINERIS IMPENDEO VALHALLA)
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To: Chickensoup

Extinct? Bwaaaah-aaahhh-aaaahhh. So are the dinosaurs and do-do birds.


16 posted on 06/06/2008 3:46:39 PM PDT by pankot
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To: Mr. Jazzy

If they tasted good someone would have raised a bazillion of them they must have tasted awful and not been much of a pest either.


17 posted on 06/06/2008 3:46:46 PM PDT by scottteng (Proud parent of a Life scout.)
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To: Westlander

After five years of futile efforts.......

And exactly how much taxpayers money was wasted on this five year futile effort?


18 posted on 06/06/2008 3:47:38 PM PDT by AngelesCrestHighway
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To: Westlander

Isn’t government grand?....they take your money and get futile with it. If these f’ing jackasses had to account to someone for all the money they throw away, they would all be in prison!!


20 posted on 06/06/2008 3:50:15 PM PDT by AngelesCrestHighway
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To: Westlander
Caribbean Monk Seal - (Monachus tropicalis)
Status
The Caribbean monk seal was formally declared extinct in the 1996 IUCN Red List of Threatened Animals. The last reported sighting in 1952 was from Seranilla Bank between Jamaica and Honduras, where a small colony was known to have lived. The Caribbean monk seal was documented as being easily approachable and not aggressive and they were easily killed during directed hunts in the 17th and 18th centuries. It is also known that sailors, whalers, and fishers opportunistically killed the seals they encountered. As well, Caribbean monk seals were killed by museum collectors and displayed in zoos. All monk seal species appear to be sensitive to disturbance, and early habitat exclusion by humans throughout their range may have exacerbated their decline. In response to recent unconfirmed Caribbean monk seal sightings in areas within their historical range, surveys have been carried out as late as 1993.
21 posted on 06/06/2008 3:50:49 PM PDT by elfman2 ("As goes Fallujah, so goes Central Iraq and so goes the entire country" -Col Coleman, USMC ,4/2004)
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To: Baynative

Whatever caused it is man’s fault.

It wasn’t a shark. No siree.


22 posted on 06/06/2008 3:52:03 PM PDT by Dog Gone
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To: FlingWingFlyer
The problem I had with the Caribbean monk seals was that it always took more than one to make a decent meal.

While that's true, they're a meal that's hard to beat, especially with a nice Spotted Owl glaze.

23 posted on 06/06/2008 3:52:21 PM PDT by Bob
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To: Westlander

Perhaps if they hadn’t been monks?


24 posted on 06/06/2008 3:56:19 PM PDT by SampleMan (We are a free and industrious people, socialist nannies do not become us.)
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To: Westlander

if we were allowed to hunt and eat them they might have lived.

(so has anyone thought of farm raising whales as a fuel source?)


25 posted on 06/06/2008 3:56:28 PM PDT by longtermmemmory (VOTE! http://www.senate.gov and http://www.house.gov)
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To: FlingWingFlyer

The only good part of the Caribbean Monk Seal were the front flippers. You had to go through 6 seals just to get a dozen cajun blackened seal fingers.


26 posted on 06/06/2008 3:56:48 PM PDT by MediaMole
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To: Westlander
The Ocean Conservancy said some of the threats, especially erosion and debris, are tied to the El Nino weather pattern and rising sea levels, which in turn is tied to global warming.

When did the dorks "tie" El Nino to "global warming?" I missed that! El Nino was around LONG before the Goracle and his comrades invented "global warming."

27 posted on 06/06/2008 3:59:39 PM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (De-Globalize yourself !)
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To: Westlander

I wasn’t even born then, so how is this my fault?


28 posted on 06/06/2008 4:01:49 PM PDT by MaxMax (I'll welcome death when God calls me. Until then, the fight is on)
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To: MediaMole

Admin moderator this isn’t breaking news this is 50 year old news. Do we have any archives that old???


29 posted on 06/06/2008 4:01:57 PM PDT by BoneHead
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To: Westlander
The Caribbean monk seal was formally declared extinct in the 1996 IUCN Red List of Threatened Animals. The last reported sighting in 1952 was from Seranilla Bank between Jamaica and Honduras, where a small colony was known to have lived.

So the US government is either 56 years late or 12 years late! Today the Caribbean Seal, tomorrow THE POLAR BEAR! Only the strong survive baby! Drill em all and let Exxon sort out the rest!

30 posted on 06/06/2008 4:02:39 PM PDT by Bommer (There's an (R) next to his name! I must trash my principles & beliefs and vote for the (R)!)
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To: Westlander

I can’t think of thing they ever did for me.


31 posted on 06/06/2008 4:14:07 PM PDT by Coffee200am
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To: Westlander

Gee!Maybe we can start drilling for oil in the Carribean then.Oh I forgot the Chicoms have it already.

We can thank Jed Bush for that.


32 posted on 06/06/2008 4:14:43 PM PDT by puppypusher (The world is going to the dogs.)
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To: SampleMan
Aren't monks celibate? Just like the Shakers, they died out due to lack of sex.
33 posted on 06/06/2008 4:15:24 PM PDT by Battle Axe (Repent for the coming of the Lord is nigh!)
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To: scottteng

Aww shucks!

Ya caught me! It wasn’t Caribbean Monk Seal, it was Spotted Owl ...


34 posted on 06/06/2008 5:17:10 PM PDT by Mr. Jazzy (The United States Marines. The finest and most feared fighting force in the history of mankind.)
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