Gruppo Foca Monaca (GFM) was founded in 1976 on the initiative of WWF Italy to promote the protection of the last groups of seals still present in some Italian localities.
The constant commitment of the association over all these years has been to keep alive in public opinion the awareness that these animals still legitimately inhabit our sea, even if their presence is often discreet, almost "invisible".
At present, Gruppo Foca Monaca is made up of volunteers from various backgrounds and professional backgrounds, all eager to commit themselves personally to the protection of the species.
The Mediterranean monk seal (Monachus monachus) is one of the world's rarest marine mammals and the only resident pinniped of the Mediterranean Sea.
It was once widespread along all the coasts of the mare nostrum, then became extinct in most of its range due to human impact.
Currently, the estimated population is less than 700 individuals, although no data are collected in most of the Mediterranean. The main groups are found in the Aegean Sea and the eastern Atlantic Ocean. Sightings have also never failed in the Tyrrhenian and Adriatic Seas and the population is currently expanding.
The monk seal from the point of view of the youngest
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