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February 27, 2020

Monk Seal Filmed While Passing Through Corinth Canal (video)


A Mediterranean monk seal was filmed as he swum his way through the Corinth Canal recently. The amazing video shows the seal traveling between the Corinthian Gulf and the Gulf of Argosaronikos.

As of 2015, it was estimated that fewer than 700 individual monk seals survive in the wild; they are grouped in only three or four isolated subpopulations in the Mediterranean. For the most part, the seals are found in the Aegean Sea, the Madeira archipelago, and the Cabo Blanco area in the northeastern Atlantic Ocean.

The monk seal is believed to be the world’s rarest pinniped species.

This species of seal grows from approximately 80 centimeters (2.6 feet) long at birth up to an average of 2.4 metres (7.9 feet) as adults. Males can weigh an average of 320 kilograms (710 pounds) and females weigh in at 300 kilograms (660 pounds), with overall weight ranging from 240–400 kilograms (530–880 pounds).

The pinnipeds are thought to live up to 45 years; however, the average life span is thought to be 20 to 25 years. Reproductive maturity for this species of seal is reached at around age four.

Mediterranean monk seal in the Corinth Canal, Greece

Ταξιδεύουν οι φώκιες από τον Κορινθιακό κόλπο στον Αργοσαρωνικό; Το εκπληκτικό αυτό βίντεο που δείχνει μια μεσογειακή φώκια να χρησιμοποιεί τη διώρυγα στον Ισθμό της Κορίνθου το αποδεικνύει περίτρανα! Ευχαριστούμε τον Brian Cullen για τα πανέμορφα πλάνα!Do monk seals travel between the Corinthian Gulf and the Gulf of Argosaronikos? This amazing video of a Mediterranean monk seal passing through the Corinth Canal in Greece now proves it! Many thanks to Brian Cullen for this awesome footage!

Posted by MOm – Monachus monachus on Tuesday, June 11, 2019

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