Breeding site found for the world's rarest seal species

The Mediterranean monk seal is classified as endangered: its common

the population is about 700 individuals.

New research conducted by the UniversityExeter and the Society for the Protection of Turtles (SPOT), used camera traps to confirm the breeding site of these animals: it turned out to be the caves of Northern Cyprus. From 2016 to 2019, three individuals were born there.

The researchers believe that urgent action is needed to protect these caves, as hotels are being actively built on the coastline.

In 2007, during a survey of the caves, it turned out that out of 39 possible places, some had already been destroyed.

The team has now organized long-term monitoring of the caves to determine the size of this seal population.

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