[MARMAM] New article on the diving development of Mediterranean monk seals

Alexandros A. Karamanlidis alkar at bio.auth.gr
Mon Apr 2 01:52:00 PDT 2007

Dear Marmamers,
On behalf of my colleagues, I am pleased to inform you of the
publication of the following article in Marine Mammal Science:
P. Dendrinos, A.A. Karamanlidis, E. Androukaki & B.J. McConnell (2007):
Diving development and behavior of a rehabilitated Mediterranean monk
seal (Monachus monachus). Marine Mammal Science 23(2): 387-397.
Among the priority actions identified for saving the critically
endangered Mediterranean monk seal are gaining basic biological
information on movements and behavior, and rescuing and rehabilitating
wounded, and orphaned pups. On 22 May 2004 a rehabilitated monk seal
juvenile was fitted with a satellite tag, released in the National
Marine Park of Alonnisos, Northern Sporades, Greece, and monitored for
167 d. Postrelease, the seal remained close to the islands of the park
and within the 200-m isobath. Throughout the monitoring period, the seal
reduced time hauled out, while 95-percentile dive duration and depth
gradually increased. The overall maximum depth of 123 m recorded in this
study is the greatest depth ever recorded for the species. These results
confirm the effectiveness of the rehabilitation program carried out on
the particular animal and provide additional support for the
continuation of the rehabilitation program as a conservation measure for
the species. We demonstrate that satellite tracking of rehabilitated
seals is a valuable research and conservation tool, even for a species
that commonly uses shoreline caves for resting, molting, and
The article is available online and will be in print in the April Issue.
Alexandros A. Karamanlidis
Biologist - Field Researcher
Email: a.karamanlidis at mom.gr

18 Solomou Str. GR-10682 Athens Greece. Tel.:+30.1.5222888, Fax:
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