Monk Seal back in Sardinia. Sighted in Porto Corallo, southeast Sardinia

After the very rare sighting of a sperm whale in the waters of the Gulf of Olbia, the sea around Sardinia gives again a great spectacle! A solitary surfer sighted an extremely rare Monk Seal about 3 miles off Porto Corallo, Villaputzu, near Costa Rei and Villasimius. The animal would have been visible a few minutes, even if the picture taken and then sent to the ” Sardinian Environmental Guards of Villasimius” are not exactly clear.

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One of the Monk Seal pics taken in Sardinia

Although once the Mediterranean Monk Seal throng the coves and caves of the Gulf of Orosei, now it is considered extinct in Sardinia, where it now finds place only in toponimy – the Grotta del Bue Marino and the famous Cala Mariolu are dedicated to this wonderful animal – in the memories of the elderly and in period films.

The species is still at high risk of extinction in the Mediterranean, where they survive between 300 and 400 units. Last year it was back in the Egadi, in neighboring Sicily, now the sighting in the waters of Sardinia that gives us hope, but above all confirms the quality of bathing waters of our island.

The main pic of this article has been taken in Greece. Author: Cornaire Jean Marie - CC BY-SA 2.5-2.0-1.0
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