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Andriana, the Monk Seal

The Monk Seal Andriana left this afternoon from MOm’s First Aid Station in Attica Zoo Park and arrived 5 hours later on the island of Alonnisos, by car and ferry.

MOm’s rescue and rehabilitation program has been supported by EAAM for several years, and the Association funded the satellite tag that will be attached to Andriana to follow her movements.

In the next days Andriana will be transported by a Coast Guard vessel to the uninhabited Piperi island, right in the centre of a protected Marine Park in Sporades of the Aegean Sea, a heaven of about 50+ Monk seals permanently living there. MOm’s personnel will open the kennel on a beach and will observe discreetly her first reactions, hopefully until she swims away.

Thereafter, the satellite tag will provide all sorts of information regarding her whereabouts, time length and depth of her dives, as well as resting times ashore.We hope that the tag will stay on her for another 4-5 months, when she is due to change fur (at the age of about 1 year). By then it will be clear whether she will be able to live a normal Monk seal life and contribute to her species’ population another (up to) 20 pups!

Adriana; returns to the sea

Update #1

Update #2


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