The Agriculture Ministry has posted a video online of an endangered Mediterranean seal in a cave on the north coast of Cyprus, near the Akamas.
“The monitoring group of the Mediterranean seal in Cyprus is watching all the shelters of the species on a 24 hour basis, since the breeding period has started,” it said.
The Mediterranean seal (Monachus monachus) is the most endangered type of seal in the world and the only type of seal in the Mediterranean.
According to the Ministry seals were first officially recorded in Cyprus in 1959 while in the period 1970-2010 sightings were sporadic and rare.
Since 2011, there has been a recovery in population numbers.
The number of seals in Cyprus’ waters is estimated at 13.