There is a word for species found only in one location…. They are ENDEMIC
The Hawaiian Islands are the some of the most geographically isolated land masses in the world
They also have one of the greatest proportion of endemic species in the world or…. The highest rate of endemism
To protect endemic (and other) species found in Hawaii for future generations the United States Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument was created 2006 It is one of the largest marine preserves in the world!
Encompassing 139,797 square miles and home to over 7,000 marine species
Sit back and meet some of the amazing endemic species found in thePapahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument
Octacoral Ribbon worm Flat worm
Do we have a responsibility to protect other species?Record your answer to this and the following questions on your worksheet
If a species evolves over millenniado we have a right to cause itsextinction?
Acknowledgements Special thanks to these talented and generous photographers: • Keoki and Yuki Stender • Philip Thomas • Larry Basch • Daniel Goodwin • Ronald R. Holcom • Gustav Paulay • James Watt • Claire Johnson