Fletcher and his colleagues were researching East Island via drone devices and sand and coral samples. Statement was given by Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument which shows that the Images really are the proof of the alterations which have been done to the island and it seems that the East Island is now below the water.
NOAA's Pacific Islands Fisheries Science Center estimates only one monk seal mother and pup remained on the island when Hurricane Walaka struck. There's no way to know at this point if East island will resurface.
Despite its size, the island played an important role for wildlife, including the critically endangered Hawaiian monk seal, a species that numbers just 1,400 individuals, with numerous seals raising their young on East Island.
"If the ocean was rising very slowly, there's the potential that these islands could adapt, but rapid sea level rise, as is happening due to global warming, puts these islands out of equilibrium".
The new images revealed the spit now nearly completely submerged.
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East Island, which is part of French Frigate Shoals in Hawaii's Northwestern islands, pictured in May 2018. As the hurricane was about to descend on the archipelago, seven researches studying endangered green sea turtles and monk seals were evacuated. It was used to breed under threat of extinction, monk seals, and rare for today is a kind of green turtle. He said that he felt that there would be just one more shrink for this planet to end.
In the right conditions, an atoll like French Frigate Shoals is always at risk when a hurricane hits.
Thankfully the turtles had already left the area for the season, so weren't hit by the storm, but may face trouble when they return. But climate change is causing the ocean and atmosphere to warm, making storms fiercer, while there's evidence that hurricanes are moving further north into the latitudes where East Island once lay.
Charles Littnan, a conservation biologist with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, told Honolulu Civil Beat: "There's no doubt that it was the most important single islet for sea turtle nesting".