The Caribbean monk seal or West Indian monk seal (Neomonachus tropicalis) is the only seal native to the southeast Atlantic Ocean. Caribbean monk seals were once extinct since 1952 (as officially declared by the United States in 2008), but have since been brought back from extinction by SciiFii before reintroducing them back to the Caribbean islands and the Gulf of Mexico, and the seals are common in captivity, even in Cenozoic Park. Caribbean monk seals are closely related to the Hawaiian monk seal and the Mediterranean monk seal, both endangered. The conservation status of the Caribbean monk seal is Endangered due to historic poaching, however, thanks to conservation efforts, the Caribbean monk seal populations have increased.
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