There are 33 species of seals, sea lions, furs seals and walruses, or pinnipeds as they are known scientifically. Of these the Hawaiian monk seal (Monachus schauinslandi) , the Mediterranean monk seal (Monachus monachus), the Guadalupe fur seal (Arctocephalus townsendi), the Saimaa seal (Phoca hispida saimensis) and Steller’s sea lion (Eumetopias jubatus) are listed as endangered by the IUCN/World Conservation Union. Just recently declared extinct, and last seen in 1952, was the Caribbean monk seal.
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