An unacceptable and dangerous article and photographs about the monk seal which the inhabitants of Samos call Argiro was released yesterday. The report presented photographs of people playing with the seal, something that is not only illegal, but also dangerous. What is not mentioned in the publication is that many people who wanted to do
The International School of Dusseldorf, Germany, with students coming from all over the world, is one of the 22 schools which is currently part of a study abroad programme in Lipsi island. This dynamic educational action of Archipelagos Institute of Marine Conservation and Operation Wallacea, offers the students applied training in a large number of
Archipelagos Institute of Marine Conservation, began an important collaboration with the Ric O’Barry – Ric O’Barry’s Dolphin Project the most important activist worldwide for releasing dolphins from captivity and reintroducing them to their natural environment. Ric O’Barry has dedicated the last 45 years fighting for this cause, after 10 years of working at a dolphinarium
The monk seal ‘Argiro’ not only acts as an ambassador for the unique natural environment of Samos but also for the people who are passionate towards the exceptional natural heritage of the Greek island and who continuously strive to protect it. You can read the Greek version of the article here: Due to the
During the past days, researchers of Archipelagos Institute found another dead dolphin in the area of NW Samos. It was an adult striped dolphin, which showed no obvious cause of death. A necropsy was conducted by Archipelagos and samples were collected to be sent for toxicological analysis. Yesterday, another unpleasant incident took place. A loggerhead
One more Mediterranean monk seal was found dead, near Fiskardo of Kefalonia in the Ionian Sea. At the same time in the waters of Spain, France and Italy, where the Mediterranean monk seal populations have been declared extinct for decades, local stakeholders are making a great effort aiming to encourage potential natural reintroduction of this
A few days ago a group of researchers from Archipelagos Institute of Marine Conservation located a young Mediterranean monk seal, which was deliberately killed by a dynamite explosion in the southwestern part of the Samos Island. This incident is the second deliberate killing of a monk seal recorded in the eastern Aegean this month and
The Mediterranean monk seal known as Argiro, has turned up since last week on the coast of Turkey. After 2 years of being constantly monitored in the region of NE Samos, where her movement covered a range of 10 miles, is now exploring new waters as she is gradually reaching maturity. This monk seal is

An Interesting Cooperation

During the previous days we had the joy to cooperate with the renowned marine mammal expert, Dr. Maurizio Wutrz, an expert in the research of Mediterranean whale populations. His guidance and cooperation with Archipelagos’ marine mammal research team has been invaluable help in our research, monitoring and conservation efforts of marine mammals of the Aegean.

A Large Conservation Effort

After many thousands of hours of monitoring, for almost 2 years, our aim has been to limit the interaction of this special seal with humans. The busy summer months are over, having succeeded to maintain the balance between the seal and those who visited the sites where she rested. We hope that during the winter