[MARMAM] Monk seal carcass in Northeast Libya

Ibrahen Benamer benamer.ly at gmail.com
Sat Mar 31 03:25:00 PDT 2012

Dear all,


Sad news indeed, on the 25th March and in the area of Ain Gazzalla
(Northeast Libya near the Egyptian borders, 32.23284 N, 23.2848 E) a group
of fishermen found a dead female monk seal trapped in their net. The case
was reported to the coastguards who in turn informed the National Marine
Laboratory. The carcass is now in their possession at the Lab and an autopsy
is being arranged during this week.


This event is the only confirmed case of monk seal existence in eastern
Libya since Norris 1972, which may indicate that this critically endangered
species can still be found in the area or close by which will support the
importance of the area as an MPA. 


A report will be issued after the autopsy for more details, meanwhile
pictures taken by the fishermen can be found at Flicker  :










Ibrahem Benamer

MSc. Marine and Fisheries Science

University of Aberdeen 


Lecturer Assistant, Faculty of Natural Resources and Environmental Science, 

Omar Mukhtar University (OMU),

El-beida, Libya


Tel: (+218) 92 859 6751

E mail: benamer.ly at gmail.com

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