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Rare Mediterranean monk seal killed by speargun in Greece


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Authorities are searching for the person responsible for killing a rare Mediterranean monk seal with a speargun off the island of Alonissos.

Kostis, as the animal was known, became the island's symbol after being saved by a fisherman from a storm back in 2018 after he became separated from his mother.

Greek seal charity MOm looked after Kostis for several months when he was a pup, and said the mammal – which is protected under Greek law – had been ‘executed at close range with a speargun', probably from a boat.

MOm is urging anyone with information to come forward to the police, and said it plans to sue the killer.

There are thought to be fewer than 700 Mediterranean monk seals left in the wild.

Photo credit: MOm

Mark Evans
Mark Evans
Scuba Diver's Editor-in-Chief Mark Evans has been in the diving industry for nearly 25 years, and has been diving since he was just 12 years old. 30-odd years later and he is still addicted to the underwater world.
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