The Mediterranean Monk Seal

The Mediterranean Monk Seal

Once they lived on the shore. Twenty-five million years ago, their ancestors moved to the sea, swam ardently through time and reached our days tired and decimated. The Monachus monachus seals, the rarest mammals of the Mediterranean ecosystem, are presently almost extinct, due to human disrespect for the environment.

First they were loved by gods and people alike – then they were pursued for centuries. Today, they have become again cherished and protected by a civilization witnessing its natural wealth diminish. In the deep blue world of Milos, the Monachus monachus seals have found an ideal shelter. In the volcanic folds of its shores that form a wealth of sea caves, as well as on the nearby islands of Kimolos and Polyaigos, they find the space and time needed to rest and reproduce. That’s why the sea of Milos is rightly considered one of the most important biotopes of the Mediterrenean seal – a hospitable ark that shelters the sacred animals once protected by Apollo and Poseidon.




The Mediterranean Monk Seal
The Mediterranean seal Monachus monachus, the rarest seal species, is 2.5 metres long, weighs 300 kilograms and has a lifespan of up to 45 years...