Meet the Mediterranean monk seal

Client: Enalia Physis

Dive into the history and learn about the status, threats and protection of the Mediterranean monk seal, the most endangered mammal in the Mediterranean Sea. The Mediterranean monk seal (Monachus monachus) is the only species of seal found in the Mediterranean Sea and the sole representative of the genus Monachus. It is characterized as the most endangered mammal in the Mediterranean Sea and among the most endangered in the world, with its total population estimated at less than 700 individuals, of which approximately 19 live in Cyprus. The species that once appeared in abundance around the Mediterranean coasts, today is threatened by tourism, coastal development, overfishing, etc. forcing it to find suitable habitat in dangerous and remote coastal caves to survive.

This short animation video aims to educate the public and raise awareness about the Mediterranean monk seal as well as highlight the threats that the species is currently facing. The video is also meant to be used as an educational tool for Primary and Secondary school students.Supportive educational material can be downloaded here.

Enalia Physis Environmental Research Center is a Cyprus-based NGO and its purpose is to conduct and promote environmental research in marine, freshwater and terrestrial ecosystems.

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