Countries fall short of U.N. pledge to protect 10% of the ocean by 2020; Chris Arsenault; MongaBay

Covering a swath of ocean larger than Peru around coral reefs, golden beaches and rocky atolls in north Hawaiʻi, Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument is one of the world’s largest marine protected areas — and the biggest in North America. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is home to endangered Hawaiian monk seals (Monachus schauinslandi), two dozen species of whales and dolphins, and green sea turtles (Chelonia mydas), among thousands of other creatures.

Source: Countries fall short of U.N. pledge to protect 10% of the ocean by 2020

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