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  Yet Another Species - Gone
by Mr. Ed
Saturday, June 07, 2008
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“The Bahama Islands

Are filled with these seals.

Sometimes, one hundred a night,

Are killed by fishermen.”

 

H. Sloan, 1707

 

 

When Columbus arrived

Back in the year 1492

Their colonies were thriving

And now, their time is through

 

They had lived on this planet

For at least 15 million years

Each time a species vanishes

My heart and soul fill with tears

 

Columbus called them ‘sea-wolves’

And with his arrival, began their demise

They competed with man for fish resources

And now, they have vanished before our eyes

 

They were extremely docile marine mammals

Which made their wholesale slaughter so easy

And now, many of their relatives are in trouble

Which should not fill any of us today, with glee

 

They were known to us as ‘The Caribbean Monk Seal’

Another of our earthly neighbors now wiped out by man

Our seas are turning to plastic, and our fish are vanishing

Modern mankind seems to have extinction as its main plan

 

 

The Caribbean Monk Seal, also known as The West Indian Seal, was officially declared ‘Extinct’ by the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) yesterday, June 6, 2008.

 

It is estimated that when Columbus first arrived, the Caribbean Monk Seal population numbered at least 250,000 strong. Today, that number is horrendously - 0.

 

They originally inhabited the beaches, cays, and reefs of the Caribbean, ranging from the Greater Antilles to the northern Lesser Antilles, the Bahamas, the northeastern coasts of Central America, Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula, and the Florida Keys. The very last surviving colony of Caribbean Monk Seals is believed to have lived at Serranilla Bank, halfway between Nicaragua and Jamaica.

 

And two of its relatives are in dire trouble. There are fewer than 1,200 Hawaiian monk seals and 500 Mediterranean monk seals still remaining on this planet, and both of their populations are also rapidly declining.

 

All of these monk seals are particularly sensitive to human disturbance, and they have all been rapidly losing their food supplies to over-fishing and to water pollution, and their once pristine beaches to modern day shoreline development.

 

And once upon a time, the Caribbean, the Hawaiian Islands, and the Mediterranean Sea were all teeming with an abundance of god-given fish.

 

But today, that is very sadly no longer true . What we are doing to our once vibrant and life-filled planet today, truly makes me blue.

 

 

©2008, Mr. Ed
  


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Reviewed by Alexandra Midnight 6/15/2008
that is so sad i cant beleive it another one gone three other speices have also recently became extinct in the last two years a rare kind of deer the baji dolphine and the black rhino when will it end. I totally agree with you.
Reviewed by ~ Holly Harbridge (Reader) 6/10/2008
I too love your work! & your heart! Love Holly
Reviewed by Dawn Anderson 6/9/2008
So sad. I love your work...you inform and teach about things so important...and in all likelyhood would have not been brought to our attention except but by reading your work.
Reviewed by Karen Vanderlaan 6/8/2008
overwhelmingly sad
Reviewed by John Flanagan 6/8/2008
our notion that we're superior to other species is a great ignorance on our part and a great calamity for them
sadly, we'll never learn
John
Reviewed by Felix Perry 6/8/2008
When the government does not control this kind of extinction...it is rape of the worst kind

Fee
Reviewed by H Cruz 6/8/2008
Truely a terrible thing to loose an entire species that took millenia to evolve. Are the Polar bears next?
Reviewed by MaryGrace Patterson 6/8/2008
Over kill by those who really don't care.. Its sad and unfortunately continues to happen....M
Reviewed by C. McGovern-Bowen 6/7/2008
We humans will join the Monks soon enough, Ed.
In admiration,
Carolyn
Reviewed by Jackie (Micke) Jinks 6/7/2008
As long as overpopulation exists in most countries, so shall the extinction increase of many of our land, air, and ocean creatures. Not just for food, but as your previous articles prove, through man's increasing carelessness. How civilized we are...
Blessings, Appreciation, and Love ~~ Micke
Reviewed by E T Waldron 6/7/2008
Ed I believe we are all destined to go the way of the Monk seal
for we have given this planet over to the demon forces having too few
who had the sense of godliness to fight for it with the decency and stewardship that Creator required of us! eyes ache with unshed tears!TL
Reviewed by Barbara Smith 6/7/2008
Ed, this makes my soul hurt inside as I think about the slaughtering of these seals...it'll be "us" next! Such an informative well written article.
Reviewed by Ed Matlack 6/7/2008
And when all the animals and mammals and insects and such are gone, so will man soon after become extinct, for there is no reason to live on a planet devoid of life...Ed
Reviewed by Jeanette Cooper 6/7/2008
A sad occurence. Your poem and article are very infomative---and frightening when we think of the dire consequences.
Reviewed by Karla Dorman, The StormSpinner 6/7/2008
Heatbreaking - mankind seems determined to live a solitary life with nothing around him but dirt - for he's destroying the air, the plants, the animals - shame -

They will live in memory, these Carib Monk Seals, through your words -

(((HUGS))) and love, Karla. *tears*
Reviewed by Ch'erie de Perrot 6/7/2008
Sorry sorry situation...makes u wanna cry.....
Reviewed by Christine Alwin 6/7/2008
Georg is so right,, I saw a program on the gorrillas be murdered, crazy people,, Ed , where are my humming birds? My feeder every year is always active all day long,, this year none,, the same with my Moms feeder.
Christine
Reviewed by Georg Mateos 6/7/2008
I am glad I am so old that I wouldn't see the 100% demise of the wild life, because where there is a dollar there is a man which will do about anything for it.
"...there was a man that murdered his mother for the inheritance..."
And you said that we could ruined another pristine planet in hal the time we have doen here...maybe not, maybe no one will be left to go there.

Georg
Reviewed by Karen Lynn Vidra, The Texas Tornado 6/7/2008
God help us!! Absolutely heartbreaking write; continue to inform, inspire us to get involved!

(((HUGS))) and much love, your friend in Tx., Karen Lynn. :( >tears! <

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