Scientists have discovered a previously unknown breeding site for the world’s rarest seal species.
The Mediterranean monk seal is classified as endangered, with a total population of around 700.
A new study by the University of Exeter and the Society for the Protection of Turtles (SPOT) used camera traps to confirm the breeding site of these animals: they turned out to be caves in Northern Cyprus. From 2016 to 2019, three individuals were born there.
The researchers believe that urgent action is needed to protect these caves, as hotels are being actively built on the coastline.
In 2007, during a survey of the caves, it turned out that out of 39 possible places, some had already been destroyed.
The team has now organized long-term monitoring of the caves to determine the size of this seal population.