Madeira’s Calheta coast: rare sighting of seal

Portugal and Madeira news from Paul Abbiati:

The whalewatch boat that operates from Calheta marina “Ribeira Brava” (Lobosonda) “had a nice encounter with the rare monk seal.” The animal has been identified from the photographs and film by the Madeira Natural Park and was filmed and photographed by the boat’s skipper Claudia Gomes. Thanks Claudia for contributing this.

The Mediterranean Monk Seal (Monachus monachus)

“The Mediterranean Monk Seal (Monachus monachus) is a pinniped belonging to the Phocidae family. At some 450-510 (fewer than 600) remaining individuals it is believed to be the world’s second rarest pinniped (second only to the Saimaa Ringed Seal),[1] and one of the most endangered mammals in the world”

Source: Wikipedia

“Ribeira Brava” (Lobosonda) have a new site with lots of information on Madeira’s marine mammals and their services

or call Claudia Gomes on +351 96 8400 980

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