The Odyssey of KP2: An Orphan Seal and a Marine Biologist's Fight to Save a Species

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Penguin Publishing Group, Jun 25, 2013 - Nature - 283 pages
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An inside look at a renowned marine biologist s quest to save an abandoned, endangered seal pup

Only eleven hundred Hawaiian monk seals survive in the wild. Without intervention, they face certain extinction within fifty years. When a two-day-old Hawaiian monk seal pup, later named Kauai Pup 2, or KP2, is attacked and abandoned by his mother on a beach, he is rushed off on a journey that will take him across the ocean to the California marine lab of eminent wildlife biologist Dr. Terrie M. Williams. As Williams works with the boisterous KP2 to save his species, she forms a lasting bond with him that illustrates the importance of the survival of all earth s creatures and the health of the world s oceans.

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User Review  - cameling - LibraryThing

What a delightful look into the world of Hawaiian Monk Seals, in particular one tagged as Kauai Pup 2, also known as KP2, but later christened Ho'ailona. Poor little KP2 was not only cruelly ignored ... Read full review

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User Review  - coppers - LibraryThing

This was a very engaging story of a Hawaiian Monk Seal and the marine biologist who studied and cared for him. KP2 (Kauai Pup 2) was abandoned at birth and survived but soon took to hanging around ... Read full review

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About the author (2013)

Terrie M. Williams is the director of the Marine Mammal Physiology Project at the University of California, Santa Cruz, and a cocreator of the Center for Ocean Health. She was named one of the Fifty Most Important Women in Science by Discover magazine. She lives in Soquel, California.

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