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The Hawaiian Monk Seal Crittercam Project

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(Hawaii News Now) - After many centuries of being absent in the main Hawaiian Islands, the Hawaiian monk seals have recently re-established a population here.  But, there are several concerns about the impacts of the monk seals in the Hawaiian Islands.  Dr. Charles Littnan is part of a 3-year research project called Hoike a Maka.  This project is designed to better understand the diet and feeding behavior of monk seals and their potential impacts on the marine ecosystem.  Part of the research includes video footage that will be recorded via "Crittercams."  The system will allow scientists to go where the animals go and see what they see, undisturbed by a human observer. They allow us, for the first time, to witness the lives of animals from the animals' own perspectives.

For the next two years there are going to be a series of public meetings and talk story sessions to share the footage, but on Aug. 17 from 5 – 8:30 there is a special premiere event happening on Oahu at the Doris Duke Theatre.

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