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Rare Monk Seals seen off Limassol

13 August 2015

Ten rare Monk Seals have been seen off the coast of Limassol, prompting the government to take measures to protect them.

The seals were spotted near Governor’s Beach, with fishermen being urged to take precautions as seals are often trapped and die in fishermen’s nets.

The monk seal is a pinniped belonging to the family Phocidae. With only about 450–510 seals remaining, the monk seal is believed to be the world’s rarest pinniped species, and one of the most endangered mammals in the world.

It lives in parts of the Mediterranean Sea as well as eastern Atlantic Ocean waters around the Tropic of Cancer.

Famagusta Gazette

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