The behaviour of Mediterranean monk seal pups appears to be greatly influenced by two overriding factors: the presence of the nursing mother and the need to move with confidence in their aquatic habitat as early as possible. During this period, pups build up a strong bond and spend considerable time with their mothers. This strong relationship is expressed through frequent physical contact and loud vocalisations between them Mursaloglu , Their swimming and diving skills are developed progressively and by the age of one and a half months they swim and dive with ease Mursaloglu , Dendrinos , Dendrinos et al. Soon after, they are even capable of travelling distances of up to 1 km or more together with their mothers Dendrinos et al. Confidence in moving independently about their aquatic environment is an essential skill since, even from the first weeks of life, mothers tend to leave their pups alone for hours in order to search for food Mursaloglu , , Dendrinos et al. This increases the probability of an inexperienced pup being swept away by a strong swell or storm surge, becoming separated from its mother and dying as a result Gazo et al. When present, mothers try to protect their pups from being washed away by taking them by the neck and carrying them to the upper zone of the beach, or by interposing their bodies between the pup and the waves Pires In Madeira, Pires observed that a second female monk seal would consistently look over and protect a monk seal pup from breaking waves while its mother was at sea feeding. Such duties would revert to the mother as soon as she returned to the beach.
The females are in general rather smaller. Fun Facts. Habitat and diet. At some fewer than  remaining individuals, it is believed to be the world’s second-rarest pinniped second only to the Saimaa ringed seal , and one of the most endangered mammals in the world. Geographic Range. As a result, it remains the rarest known type of seal. What it takes to run a great virtual all-hands meeting; June 11, History and exploitation.
Ethiopian living in sub-Saharan Africa south of 30 degrees north and Madagascar. Ariosoma balearicum and Argyrosomus regius were encountered for the first time in the diet of a Monk Seal in the Mediterranean. Adult male and female Mediterranean monk seals measure about 2. Leopard seal H. Vertebrata: information 1 Vertebrata: pictures Vertebrata: specimens Vertebrata: sounds Bay cat C. On 27 January , a young monk seal was spotted in Apulia. Economic Importance for Humans: Negative The only way that Mediterranean monk seals affect humans negatively is that compete with fishermen. Grey seal H. Heretic Books. As well, because of smaller populations there is an increase in genetic events such as inbreeding and lack of genetic variation.