Preserving plants and animals

Contributed by The Marine Mammal Center

RH38 is a Hawaiian monk seal that sticks around Kauai, but is now on Hawaii Island at the monk seal hospital recovering from infection and malnourishment.

Jessica Else / The Garden Island

An endangered green sea turtle sleeps on a Kauai North Shore beach.

LIHUE — Three little plants cling to the edge of a cliff in Kalalau Valley. They’re the only left of their species, thought to be extinct in 2016, and were discovered in January by scientists with the National Tropical Botanical Garden.