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The Mediterranean monk seal or "Lobo-marinho" (scientific name: Monachus monachus (Hermann , 1779)), as it is known in the Madeira archipelago, is the rarest seal in the world and a species considered endangered by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (2015). In Portugal, it only occurs in the Madeira archipelago.


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Institute of Forests and Nature Conservation, IP-RAM (IFCN, IP-RAM)

Division of Management and Valorization of Classified Areas

Rua João de Deus 12 F, RC C, 9050-027 Funchal.

Phone: (+351) 291 211 200

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