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  • The green sea turtle, or honu, is a protected species, with some 2,000 nesting pairs in the Hawaiian Islands. 
  • The Hawaiian monk seal is native to Hawaiʻi and is one of the most endangered marine mammals in the world, with a population of only 1,100 individuals.
  • Each winter, humpback whales migrate from Alaska to Hawai’i, where there is a national marine sanctuary dedicated to their protection.
  • The most common octopus in Hawai'i is the day octopus, or he'e mauli, a highly intelligent creature with eight arms and three hearts.
  • The banded spiny lobster is Hawaii's only native lobster. Its Hawaiian name is ula or ula poni.
  • The dragon moray eel is one of the most aggressive eels in the ocean, growing as large as three feet with razor sharp teeth.
  • This yellow margin moray eel isn’t eating his dinner—he’s getting his teeth cleaned by a scarlet cleaner shrimp.
  • There are about 40 species of sharks found in Hawaiian waters, but few can rival the beauty and classic form of the Galapagos shark, which can grow to 10 feet.
  • Spinner dolphins, or nai‘a, are the most acrobatic of all dolphins, launching themselves out of the water and rotating as many as seven times before falling back into the sea.
  • Spotted eagle rays are among the most beautiful and graceful of all rays, with a maximum wing span of six feet from tip to tip and a long slender tail. 
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