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Meet the Mediterranean Monk Seal, the most endangered seal on the planet, photographed by Nuno S in the Desertas Islands archipelago off Madeira, where a relict population of less than 30
individuals exist. Nuno was privileged to capture the courtship and mating behaviour of this extremely rare marine mammal.

From a total world population of less than 450, two thirds live along the coasts and among the islands of Greece and Turkey. The main threats to this critically endangered species come from human pressure, destruction of caves, competition from fishing, disease, pollution and reduced genetic diversity. The IUCN Species Survival Commission Seal Specialist Group has devised an Action Plan for the conservation of the species, which aims to involve local fishermen, to research into the status of the species and to develop a captive breeding programme.
Large male Mediterranean Monk seal (Monachus monachus) Deserta Grande, Desertas Islands, Madeira, Portugal, August 2009, Critically endangered species  -  Wild Wonders of Europe / Sá
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Wild Wonders of Europe / Sá / Large male Mediterranean Monk seal (Monachus monachus) Deserta Grande, Desertas Islands, Madeira, Portugal, August 2009, Critically endangered species
Male Monk seal (Monachus monachus) portrait, Deserta Grande, Desertas Islands, Madeira, Portugal, August 2009, Critically endangered species. WWE INDOOR EXHIBITION  -  Wild Wonders of Europe / S
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Wild Wonders of Europe / S / Male Monk seal (Monachus monachus) portrait, Deserta Grande, Desertas Islands, Madeira, Portugal, August 2009, Critically endangered species. WWE INDOOR EXHIBITION
Mediterranean Monk seal (Monachus monachus) Deserta Grande, Desertas Islands, Madeira, Portugal, August 2009, Critically endangered species  -  Wild Wonders of Europe / Sá
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Wild Wonders of Europe / Sá / Mediterranean Monk seal (Monachus monachus) Deserta Grande, Desertas Islands, Madeira, Portugal, August 2009, Critically endangered species
Male Monk seal (Monachus monachus) Deserta Grande, Desertas Islands, Madeira, Portugal, August 2009, Critically endangered species  -  Wild Wonders of Europe / Sá
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Wild Wonders of Europe / Sá / Male Monk seal (Monachus monachus) Deserta Grande, Desertas Islands, Madeira, Portugal, August 2009, Critically endangered species
Mediterranean Male Monk seal (Monachus monachus) Deserta Grande, Desertas Islands, Madeira, Portugal, August 2009, Critically endangered species  -  Wild Wonders of Europe / Sá
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Wild Wonders of Europe / Sá / Mediterranean Male Monk seal (Monachus monachus) Deserta Grande, Desertas Islands, Madeira, Portugal, August 2009, Critically endangered species
Female Mediterranean Monk seal (Monachus monachus) Deserta Grande, Desertas Islands, Madeira, Portugal, August 2009, Critically endangered species  -  Wild Wonders of Europe / Sá
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Wild Wonders of Europe / Sá / Female Mediterranean Monk seal (Monachus monachus) Deserta Grande, Desertas Islands, Madeira, Portugal, August 2009, Critically endangered species
Mediterranean Monk Seal (Monachus monachus) juvenile female hunting, Areias, Deserta Grande, Desertas Islands, Madeira, Portugal, August 2009  -  Wild Wonders of Europe / Sá
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Wild Wonders of Europe / Sá / Mediterranean Monk Seal (Monachus monachus) juvenile female hunting, Areias, Deserta Grande, Desertas Islands, Madeira, Portugal, August 2009
Mediterranean Monk Seal (Monachus monachus) juvenile female hunting on seabed, Areias, Deserta Grande, Desertas Islands, Madeira, Portugal, August 2009  -  Wild Wonders of Europe / Sá
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Wild Wonders of Europe / Sá / Mediterranean Monk Seal (Monachus monachus) juvenile female hunting on seabed, Areias, Deserta Grande, Desertas Islands, Madeira, Portugal, August 2009
Mediterranean Monk Seal (Monachus monachus) juvenile female hunting, Areias, Deserta Grande, Desertas Islands, Madeira, Portugal, August 2009  -  Wild Wonders of Europe / Sá
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Wild Wonders of Europe / Sá / Mediterranean Monk Seal (Monachus monachus) juvenile female hunting, Areias, Deserta Grande, Desertas Islands, Madeira, Portugal, August 2009
Mediterranean Monk seal (Monachus monachus) pair courting on rocks on seabed, Deserta Grande, Desertas Islands, Madeira, Portugal, August 2009, Critically endangered species  -  Wild Wonders of Europe / Sá
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Wild Wonders of Europe / Sá / Mediterranean Monk seal (Monachus monachus) pair courting on rocks on seabed, Deserta Grande, Desertas Islands, Madeira, Portugal, August 2009, Critically endangered species
Mediterranean Monk seal (Monachus monachus) pair mating, Deserta Grande, Desertas Islands, Madeira, Portugal, August 2009, Critically endangered species  -  Wild Wonders of Europe / Sá
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Wild Wonders of Europe / Sá / Mediterranean Monk seal (Monachus monachus) pair mating, Deserta Grande, Desertas Islands, Madeira, Portugal, August 2009, Critically endangered species
Mediterranean Monk seal (Monachus monachus) pair mating, Deserta Grande, Desertas Islands, Madeira, Portugal, August 2009, Critically endangered species  -  Wild Wonders of Europe / Sá
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Wild Wonders of Europe / Sá / Mediterranean Monk seal (Monachus monachus) pair mating, Deserta Grande, Desertas Islands, Madeira, Portugal, August 2009, Critically endangered species
Furadinho cave, regularly visited by Monk seal (Monachus monachus) with view of Bugio Island, Deserta Grande, Desertas Islands, Madeira, Portugal, August 2009  -  Wild Wonders of Europe / Sá
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Wild Wonders of Europe / Sá / Furadinho cave, regularly visited by Monk seal (Monachus monachus) with view of Bugio Island, Deserta Grande, Desertas Islands, Madeira, Portugal, August 2009
Mediterranean Monk Seal (Monachus monachus) juvenile female hunting, Areias, Deserta Grande, Desertas Islands, Madeira, Portugal, August 2009  -  Wild Wonders of Europe / Sá
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Wild Wonders of Europe / Sá / Mediterranean Monk Seal (Monachus monachus) juvenile female hunting, Areias, Deserta Grande, Desertas Islands, Madeira, Portugal, August 2009
Mediterranean Monk Seal (Monachus monachus) juvenile female hunting, Areias, Deserta Grande, Desertas Islands, Madeira, Portugal, August 2009  -  Wild Wonders of Europe / Sá
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Wild Wonders of Europe / Sá / Mediterranean Monk Seal (Monachus monachus) juvenile female hunting, Areias, Deserta Grande, Desertas Islands, Madeira, Portugal, August 2009
Coastal cliffs, Deserta Grande, Desertas Islands, Madeira, Portugal, August 2009  -  Wild Wonders of Europe / Sá
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Wild Wonders of Europe / Sá / Coastal cliffs, Deserta Grande, Desertas Islands, Madeira, Portugal, August 2009