NĀ MEA HULU -- Nā Mea Hulu is a page dedicated to advocating for the coexistence of monk seals and people in Hawaiʻi. ❦ There was once as many as 15,000 monk seals in the wild. Today, there are less than 1,200. The Hawaiian monk seal is one of the planet's most critically endangered mammals, and one of only two species of monk seal left in the world. Without our help, the Hawaiian monk seal is likely to go extinct like its cousin, the Caribbean monk seal, who went extinct in the 1950s.