Back to Freedom

At the beginning of February, our Greek partners at MOm released a young Mediterranean monk seal back into the Aegean Sea. Prior to that, they had intensively nursed the marine mammal over a period of four months after he had been found, starving and separated from his mother, by local fishermen.

Moment of freedom © P.Dendrinos/MOm
Kostas in the breakers © P.Dendrinos/MOm

At first, Costas, as the young monk seal was called, looked a little doubtful as the cage door was opened, but just a few moments later he was enjoying the breaking waves of the Mediterranean once more. Four months earlier, the young pup had been found exhausted and undernourished on Folegandros, one of the Cyclades group of islands in the Aegean Sea. He had probably been washed out of his cave and unable to find his mother again.

Costas was immediately taken to the MOm rehabilitation centre, where the seal conservationists there provided him with medical care and fed him a diet of fish. As a result, he was soon weighing in at an impressive 30 kilos. Once Costas had finished moulting and had also passed his final medical checks, it was just a case of waiting for a spell of fine weather before - after 18 weeks of care in the National Marine Park of Alonissos and Northern Sporades - our partners at MOm were able to release him back to freedom.

Costas is one of 32 young Mediterranean monk seals, who, in the last 30 years, have been cared for by MOm and then returned to the wild. With a population in the Mediterranean that still numbers just 350 individuals, every rescued seal represents a great success for the establishment of these rare marine mammals in the Aegean Sea.

Do you want to help?

Donation

Future needs nature. EuroNatur cares for it. Please use your possibilities to help. With your donation you will make an effective contribution to a more livable environment.

News

Power lines: Fatal for migratory birds

++ Autumn migration has begun ++ Overhead powerlines cause the death of millions of migratory birds worldwide ++ International campaign to protect...

“Brave Women of Kruščica” honoured for river protection

++ River conservationists from Bosnia-Herzegovina receive EuroNatur Award 2019 ++ Energy companies want to exploit the last wild rivers of Europe, but...

Spectacular climbing action shines spotlight on need to protect primary forests in the Romanian Carpathians

Protest against destruction of UNESCO World Heritage Site by road construction and logging in Romania

Photo Safari through Europe’s Nature

Fights over territories among spotted nutcrackers, a thieving magpie and a proud seahorse dad belong to the winning photographs of this year’s...

Wave of protest against Balkan dam building frenzy

++ First ever international action weeks for Balkan rivers ++ People took to the streets in many countries of the Balkan region ++ They protested...

Romania rebuked for insufficiently protecting the World Heritage ‘Beech Forests’

++ World Heritage Committee criticises management of primeval beech forests in Romania ++ Committee’s appraisal applies to the World Heritage property...

Stage victory for nature conservation: Ulcinj Salina becomes Nature Park

++ Saltern in Montenegro finally receives protection ++ EuroNatur Foundation has been fighting 15 years for this important migratory bird area ++

European Stork Conference in Češinovo-Obleševo

White storks are enjoying a good life, thanks to the rich food sources in the rice fields surrounding the Northern Macedonian commune of...

Land Use in Harmony with Balkan lynx and Meadow Adder

EuroNatur and DBU: Balkan Green Belt is one of the hotspots of biodiversity in Europe

New home in Croatia for Romanian lynx

Doru, a four-year-old lynx from the Romanian Carpathians, has been released back into the wild in the Risnjak National Park in Croatia. Doru is the...

Rapid loss of species: Europe's virgin forests need to be protected

++ Intergovernmental science-policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services confirms grave situation of biodiversity ++ One of the most urgent...

Hydropower Project Mokrice put on hold

Good news from the Sava: Our appeal against the building of the hydropower plant Mokrice at the Slovenian-Croatian border was successful. The...

100'000 signatures for bird's paradise at the Adriatic coast

++ 90’000 signatures presented to Prime Minister of Montenegro Duško Marković ++ Lasting protection of Adriatic saltern is prerequisite for the...

North Macedonia: No-go zones for hydropower projects must be designated

++ NGOs, government representatives, experts, hydropower developers and the local community discuss challenges and solutions at an international...

Thousands of white storks are the victims of illegal hunting

++ The migration season is now in full flow ++ Every year there are 25 million birds killed illegally, including thousands of white storks ++...

By using our services, you agree that we use cookies. Data protection