The world’s rarest seals have been caught on camera in secret breeding caves in northern Cyprus. The new breeding sites provide hope for a struggling species, but the caves are now in need of protection. Mediterranean monk seals ( Monachus monachus ) are the most endangered of all the pinniped species — a group that includes seals, sea lions, sea otters and walruses — with just 700 individuals left in the wild, according to the International Union for Conservation of Nature Red List of endangered species . A large number of those seals live in and around Cyprus. Due to human pressures, such as bycatch and tourism, the monk seals have been forced to raise their pups inside cave systems, rather than their usual open beaches, on the island. A new study using camera traps, carried out by researchers from the University of Exeter in the U.K. and the Society for the Protection of Turtles (SPOT) in Cyprus, has revealed several previously unknown breeding caves in northern Cyprus, the first to be found along the north coast of the island. Related: Photos: Stunning shots of the natural world and wildlife “The study has found regular breeding, identified important sites and… Read full this story
- Judge denies Nunes access to secret depositions on Steele dossier
- ‘Dallas’ at 40: The Inside Story Behind the Show That Changed Texas Forever
- ISIS Isn’t Dead Yet. A Hapless Plot to Bomb Times Square Reveals the Next Phase of the Islamic State.
- Penguin exhibit nearly ready; birds not nearly ready for exhibit
- Ryan Zinke Is Charging Taxpayers For A Trophy Hunters' Council : Indybay
- In a great year for movies, here's what you need to know for fall
- Parsing the UO Puppet Show
- People & Places
- Who are the Gulenists?
World's rarest seals have a secret breeding cave in Cyprus have 283 words, post on www.livescience.com at March 5, 2021. This is cached page on IT Breaking News. If you want remove this page, please contact us.