Monday, 31 March 2014

Critically endangered Mediterranean monk seals return to Croatia

March 2014: Once thought to be extinct in the Adriatic around Croatia, the Mediterranean monk seal has recently been sighted in these waters once again, and are being seen with increasing frequency.

According to the State Institution for Nature Protection of Croatia, the seals have been regularly found near the Kamenjak Cape, on the eastern coast of Istria, and the western coast of Cres and Lošinj.

Although exact numbers have yet to be reported, Emanuele Coppola, President of the Mediterranean Monk Seal Group, says, “Based on the data gathered it is estimated that the Adriatic now harbours between four to five Mediterranean monk seals.” The Group have so far collected over 4,500 photographs and video, indicating that the mammals have made a permanent home in this area. 

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