The Mediterranean Monk Seal
Hawaiian Monk Seal
The monk seal—which gets its name from a uniform brown coat resembling a monk’s robes—was once revered by the ancient Greeks as a good omen. Now, however, they are the ones who could use some luck, as commercial hunting has left their population in dire straits, with only about 250 monk seals left worldwide. Fortunately, laws have recently been put in place to protect the monk seal, though until they take effect, they remain one of the world’s rarest—and cutest—creatures.