Last updated: October 13, 2017 at 5:17 am
Mediterranean monk seal (Monachus monachus) – Numbers less than 700 specimens. Its closest relative, the Caribbean monk seal, is already extinct. It is highly threatened by human population, tourism, and industry.
Karamanlidis, A. & Dendrinos, P. (2015). Monachus monachus. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species.
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Jeffrey Gallant is the Editor-in-Chief and Records Keeper of the Diving Almanac. He is also a contributing editor of DIVER Magazine, and the scientific director of the Greenland Shark and Elasmobranch Education and Research Group (GEERG). Jeffrey started diving in 1982.