Common Seal Found Near Catalonian Shore

03.06.2014

Unusual guest appeared in Spanish territorial waters in the Mediterranian Sea. Diver noticed a curious whiskered muzzle in 300 meters near the shore of Sant Andreu de Llavaneres. It turned out to be a common seal or harbour seal (called Phoca vitulina by scientists). It's thought that there are no seals of this kind in the Mediterranian Sea. The only pinniped, who inhabits the sea is a mediterranian monk seal, and it has almost extincted.

Unusual guest appeared in Spanish territorial waters in the Mediterranian Sea

Common seals were met here, but extremely rarely. Last time it was seen here in 2000. But this year they indeed invaded the sea. Common seals were seen near the shores of other Spanish cities as well. This kind of mammals is typical for temperate latitudes of the Atlantic Ocean, especially near British shores. It's not clear, why they have appeared in the South.