Caribbean Monk Seal

Caribbean Monk Seal

Caribbean Monk Seal Range Map (Caribbean)
Caribbean Monk Seal Range Map (Caribbean)

Latin Name Monachus tropicalis
Conservation Status Extinct (Mid 1950s)
Location Caribbean
Colour Brown
Length 2.2 - 2.4 m (7.2 - 7.9 ft)
Weight 70 - 200 Kgs (150 - 440 lbs)
Life Expectancy

20 Yrs

Main Characteristics

Caribbean Monk Seals became extinct in the mid 1950s. They had a body length between 2.2 and 2.4 m (7.2 - 7.9 ft) and they weighed between 70 and 200 kgs (150 - 440 lbs).

They were brown in colour with a pale yellowish underside. They had hood-like rolls of fat around their neck.


Caribbean Monk Seals were found in the tropical waters of the caribbean. A map showing their approximate former range is shown on the right.


Caribbean Monk Seals fed upon a variety of fish, and octopus.


Very little is known about reproduction in Caribbean Monk Seals.


Humans and sharks were predators of Caribbean Monk Seals.


Caribbean Monk Seals had no subspecies

Interesting Facts

Caribbean Monk Seals were also known as:
West Indian Monk Seal

Similar Animals

Hawaiian Monk Seal
Mediterranean Monk Seal


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