The Mediterranean monk seal (Monachus monachus) is one of the worlds most endangered marine mammals, with fewer than 600 individuals currently surviving.
The species is described as critically endangered by the World Conservation Union (IUCN) and is listed on Appendix I of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES). Other international legal mechanisms which recognise and attempt to address the monk seals critically endangered status include the Bonn Convention (Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals), the Bern Convention (Convention on the Conservation of European Wildlife and Natural Habitats), the Convention on Biological Diversity and the EU Habitats Directive.
Let's try to save them...my heart is there with them trying to save them.
Dear World Conservation Union,
We the undersigned feel it is necessary to save this endangered species. There are only under 500 Mediterranean Monk Seals left, it is believed to be the world's second rarest pinniped. The species has gone extinct in the Sea of Marmara, due to pollution and heavy ship traffic from the Dardanelles and the Bosphorus. In addition, the last report of a seal in Black Sea dates to the late 1990s.
Thank You for taking the time to read our letter, and we pray that you help the seals.
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