The Mediterranean Monk Seal

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.

It is one of the six most endangered mammals in the world - and the most endangered in Europe. Today, it is protected by international, European and Greek legislation.

There are 300-400 seals of this species in Greece.

Its presence in Milos was recorded for the first time in 1990, when 19 different shelters for the Mediterranean seal were located on the island - 12 of them suitable for rest and 7 for reproduction.

The wider region of Milos-Kimolos-Polyaigos is one of the most important areas for the reproduction of the Mediterranean seal in Greece. Here, inside a cave in Kimolos, the birth of a young female Monachus monachus was first recorded.

Aristotle, who is considered to be the father of zoology, is the first who provided us with scientific data about the Mediterranean seal, in his work: “History of Animals”.

References to the Mediterranean seal can be found in at least two-hundred literary and scientific works by ancient Greek, Roman and Byzantine writers.
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...