By Terrie M. Williams
Whilst a day-old Hawaiian monk seal domestic dog is attacked and deserted by way of his mom on a seashore in Kauai, environmental officers needs to come to a decision in the event that they should still store the baby animal or permit nature to take its direction. yet as a member of the main endangered marine mammal species in U.S. waters, Kauai domestic dog 2, or KP2, is simply too invaluable to lose, and he embarks on an odyssey that would take him throughout an ocean to the single certified caretaker to simply accept the task, eminent flora and fauna biologist Dr. Terrie M. Williams.
The neighborhood islanders see KP2 as an commemorated member in their group, yet govt brokers and scientists needs to give some thought to the $64000 function he might play in accumulating wisdom and information approximately this seriously endangered and infrequent species. simply 1,100 Hawaiian monk seals live on within the wild; if their decline keeps with out intervention, they face convinced extinction inside fifty years. In a arguable selection, environmental officers ship KP2 to Williams's marine mammal lab in Santa Cruz, California, the place she and her staff video display his failing eyesight and assemble an important info which can aid retailer KP2's species.
But whereas this younger seal is the topic of a fancy environmental fight and extreme media scrutiny, KP2 is additionally a boisterous and affectionate animal who adjustments the lives of the people who be aware of and deal with him-especially that of Williams. while she unravels the key biology of monk seals through learning his habit and coaching him, Williams reveals a kindred spirit in his loving nature and resilient power. Their tale captures the common bond among people and animals and emphasizes the methods we aid and depend upon each other. The healthiness of the world's oceans and the survival of individuals and creatures alike depend upon this old connection.
The Odyssey of KP2 is an within examine the lifetime of a scientist and the function that her examine performs within the improvement of conservation efforts, bringing our modern environmental panorama to existence. it's also the heartwarming portrait of a Hawaiian monk seal whose unforgettable character by no means falters, whilst his destiny hangs within the balance.
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The Odyssey of KP2: An Orphan Seal, a Marine Biologist, and the Fight to Save a Species by Terrie M. Williams