The pupping season of the endangered Mediterranean Monk Seal (Monachus monachus) occurs in the autumn and winter. Mothers frequently leave their pups on the shore for 4-8 hours. Human disturbance and interaction are the most common reasons for abandonment.
If you find a seal pup on the shore:
– STAY AWAY & DO NOT touch
– DO NOT feed
– DO NOT cover
-DO NOT put it back into the water
-DO NOT let dogs near the pup
If you are in the region of the eastern Aegean, call immediately Archipelagos Institute of Marine Conservation at +302273061191 (and for emergencies only +30 6974744949).
If you are in other parts of Greece, get in touch with the local port authorities and other relevant organizations.