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Rarest seal breeding site discovered


Scientists have discovered a previously unknown breeding site used by the world’s rarest seal species.

The Mediterranean monk seal is classified as “endangered”, with a total population of about 700.

The new study – by the University of Exeter and the Society for the Protection of Turtles (SPOT) – used camera-traps to confirm breeding in caves in northern Cyprus, with at least three pups born from 2016-19 at one cave.

Only certain caves are suitable for monk seal breeding and resting, so – although the numbers are small – the researchers say urgent action is needed to protect these caves. MORE