Honolulu, Hawaii 2021-09-27 20:55:00 –
Researchers say the endangered Hawaiian monk Azalea made the archipelago swim very fast and long.
A 6-year-old woman traveled about 1,300 miles from the uninhabited Wu Atoll in the northwestern Hawaii Islands to the North Shore of Oahu. She had a tough swim in just one month and landed in Oahu sometime last week.
Michelle Barbieri, chief of the Hawaiian Monk Seal Research Program at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, said there are data showing that in recent decades more than 12 lizards have traveled from remote northern islands to major islands.
“What’s impressive about (this lizard) is that she traveled in about a month, where other lizards are more likely to achieve it in a few years,” Barbieri said today. Said in a statement.
Researchers do not yet have a complete view of species movement.
“A 2015 study shows that looking back over 30 years, lizards move primarily between adjacent islands, and long distances are less frequent,” Barbieri said. “The ability of these animals to island hop has made it possible to colonize new areas over time.”
About 1,400 monk’s lizards remain in the wild, and about 1,100 monks live in the northwestern Hawaii Islands.
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