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A Monachus monachus at the straits

On the 17th of July a Mediterranean monk seal made an appearance in the straits of northeastern Corfu.
The Mediterranean monk seal (Monachus monachus), is one of the two remaining monk seal species of the monk seal family. It was formerly distributed along the coasts of the Mediterranean, Black Sea and eastern Atlantic. Today, with fewer than 600 individuals, it is one of the rarest and most endangered species on the planet and is classified as “critically endangered” by the International Union for Conservation of Nature. About half of the population, around 250-300 individuals, lives in Greece.
Thus, let “s not forget how precious our Erimitis is for these few individuals, since, as it has been mentioned several times, some of its most inaccessible caves are a temporary refuge🦭 on their journeys in the northeast Ionian Sea.
Fan fact: although its scientific name, Monachus monochus, may refer to the loneliness (monachos means lonely in greek) that distinguishes the Mediterranean monk seal, it actually owes its name elsewhere. The French zoologist Jean Hermann was the first in modern times to describe the Mediterranean monk seal. He named the species Phoca monachus (monk seal), probably because of some similarity he saw between the hood of the monks and the folds of skin that form on the neck area.

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