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Carribbean Monk Seal Skull Replica measures 8.5 inches or 22cm. The Carribbean Monk Seal Skull Replica is Museum quality Polyurethane cast made in USA. The Caribbean monk seal, West Indian seal or sea wolf has not been found in the wild since 1952 and is believed to be extinct. Historically, this species was found throughout the Caribbean and Gulf Of Mexico. This species was very abundant prior to the settlement of North America by Europeans. The monk seals lack of fear towards humans and gregarious basking made them easy prey for their meat and oil. Caribbean monk seals had a relatively large, long, robust body, could grow to nearly 8 feet in length. The head was rounded with an extended broad muzzle. The face had relatively large wide-spaced eyes, upward opening nostrils, and fairly big whisker pads with long light-colored and smooth whiskers. Their diet most likely consisted of fish and crustaceans. It is believed this animal’s average lifespan was approximately twenty years. Their scientific name is Monachus tropicalis.
The final extinction of the Caribbean monk seal was triggered by two main factors. The most visible factor contributing to the Caribbean monk seals’ demise was the nonstop hunting and killing of the seals in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries to obtain the oil held within their blubber. The insatiable demand for seal products in the Caribbean encouraged hunters to slaughter the Caribbean monk seals by the hundreds. The Caribbean monk seals’ docile nature and lack of flight instinct in the presence of humans made it very easy for anyone to kill them. The second factor was the over fishing of the reefs that sustained the Caribbean monk seal population. With no fish or mollusks to feed on, the seals that were not killed by hunters for oil died of starvation or did not reproduce as a result of an absence of food. Surprisingly little was done towards attempting to save the Caribbean monk seal; by the time it was placed on the endangered species list in 1967 it was likely already extinct.
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