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article imageRare Mediterranean monk seal hits the beach in Pula, Croatia

By Paul Bradbury     May 31, 2014 in World
Pula - A rare Mediterranean monk seal visits the beach in northern Croatia, only to be allegedly harassed by some drunken tourists.
A rare Mediterranean monk seal came to the beach in Pula, Croatia on May 30, 2014, only to be harassed early in the morning, according to Croatian media reports, actions which were strongly condemned by Pula authorities.
The Mediterranean monk seal is one of the rarest animals in the world, the appearance of a seal on the beach in Pula is a rare occurrence. Ranked among the ten most endangered mammals in the world, their global population is estimated at just 350, and they are a protected species in Croatia.
The Mediterranean monk seal is one of the world s rarest remaining mammals
The Mediterranean monk seal is one of the world's rarest remaining mammals
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The early morning appearance of the monk seal aroused the interest of some drunken tourists, according to a report in Vecernji List, which reported that the tourists tried to force the monk seal back into the sea, before attempting to force it back into the sea by grabbing its tail. Their attempts failed, as local authorities were quickly on the scene to stop the actions of the tourists.
The incident drew some strong words of warning of the official Pula Facebook page shortly afterwards.
The official Pula Facebook page had this message:
STRONG WARNING FOR ALL TOURISTS:
Please, make sure you avoid any possible contact with our Mediterranean monk seal, and if you get a chance to be near her - move away as soon as possible.
In any other case, you will be heavily penalized by local rangers, police and other authorities, who all are doing their best to secure and protect this HIGHLY ENDANGERED SPECIES.
Today's incident, which gained a negative state-wide attention is hopefully the last one our monk will experience.
Croatian media reports that drunk tourists disturbed the monk seal s visit to the beach.
Croatian media reports that drunk tourists disturbed the monk seal's visit to the beach.
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