ADOPT A MONK SEAL
Name your own monk seal pup!
By symbolically adopting a monk seal, you help cover the expenses of the Rehabilitation Program, which helps orphaned and injured seals return to their natural environment!
To adopt a seal, you have two options:
- Name a pup as you wish! In the form below, choose the field "New Pup".
_ Choose one of the seal pups that succesfully completed MOm's Rehabilitation Program and have returned to their natural environment!
With your adoption, you will receive a certificate of adoption, a receipt of your donation, a large-sized photograph of your adopted seal, a DVD with MOm's Rehabiliation Program, a monk seal teddy bear and information on where it was found.
For a species that is threatened by extinction, the survival of each single individual is of utmost importance! The chances of saving the endangered Mediterranean monk seal increase when there are people out there who really care!
Mediterranean monk seals for adoption
Lena & Nicole
These two female seals were found separated from their mothers a week apart, Lena in Argolida and Nicole in Northern Evia. They were both very weak when they arrived at MOm's First Aid Station. Their rehabilitation was completed successfully, since one helped the other mentally, they managed to socialize at an early stage and not be dependant on humans for their survival. They were released together in the Aegean, with the first images of their first contact with the water to be very encouraging, as they immediately started circling and hunting a school of fish in strategic unison!
A male orphan pup was located by residents of Folegandros right after the medicane "Zorbas" swept through Greece, laying on the famous beach Agali of Folegandros. The newborn pup was clearly manourished, weighing less than half of what it should for its age (almost 2 weeks old). With the help of local residents, little Kostis was moved to the First Aid Station of MOm at Spata, Attica, where he remained until his rehabilitation was completed, at which time he returned to his natural environment. We named him Kostis after the fisherman of Folegandros who spend the night alongside him in the middle of the storm to protect him!
Little Ionas was found orphaned in the middle of autumn on a beach in Mykonos, clearly exhausted and showing signs of dehydration and anemia. Thanks to the immediate response of MOm and locals who helped with his transfer, little Ionas, after 114 days in MOm’s First Aid Station in the Attica Zoological Park, was released in the core of the National Marine Park of Alonissos Northern Sporades and the first signs are rather encouraging, since he has already started to explore his surroundings and to enjoy the crystal clear waters of the Park.
Little "Bill", as we named him, has been staying in MOm's First Aid Station in Spata. Bill, who is about 3 weeks old, was found orphaned on a beach of Chalkidiki and the first tests showed that he was anemic due to the many days he had spent without food. We decided to name him Bill as a tribute to the recently deceased Bill Johnson, a friend of MOm and a pioneer in the efforts to protect the Mediterranean monk seal in Greece. That way sorrow would be replaced by hope for life. The little seal is responding to his treatment very positively and we wish that he will be fine and ready to return to his beloved Aegean very soon.
Andriana was found orphaned and in a poor state, at Skopelos' Velanio beach on November 15th by a local resident. Next evening, and after a longue voyage, she was transported to MOm's Mediterranean Monk Seal First Aid Station at Spata Attica. The initial veterinary tests showed that the newborn pup was in critical condition, dehydrated, malnourished and with symptoms of a respiratory infection. Andriana is one of the youngest and most weakened monk seal pups that has been admitted to MOm's Rehabilitation Programme. Her treatment aims at releasing her healthy back to her natural environment, after its completion in approximately five months.
The three month old “Fokionas” was found at the island of Syros on the 16 of February 2012. He was very weak and dehydrated therefore he was transferred to MOm’s Rehabilitation Centre in Alonissos. On Saturday, April the 7th 2012, after almost two months in the Rescue and Rehabilitation Centre, a healthy and strong “Fokionas” was released in to the National Park of Alonissos Northern Sporades!
Nireas is a young Mediterranean monk seal who was found at "Feloti" beach on Kythira Island. He was stranded for a week before being transferred to MOm's Rehabilitation Centre in Alonissos. After 5 weeks in MOm’s Monk Seal Rehabilitation Center in Alonnisos, a healthy Nireas weighing in at 50 kilos, was ready to return to the sea. Saturday March 19th, 2011 marked the beginning of Nireas travels throughout Greek seas, starting with in the National Marine Park of Alonissos, Northern Sporades. He said goodbye with a great dive into the sea.
The 10 day new born female pup, Nefeli, was found orphaned and stranded at the beautiful beach of Assos in Kefalonia island on the 14th of October 2009. Thanks to local residents’ sensitivity as well as to the contribution of MOm’s local supporters, Nefeli was transferred in the Rehabilitation Centre of MOm at Steni Vala, Alonissos where MOm’s specialized rehabilitation team put her in an intensive veterinary therapy and rehabilitation program. After 3,5 months Nefeli was ready to return to her natural environment, the sea! From the 30th of January 2010 Nefeli swims free and healthy again.
The orphan monk seal that traveled around the world just by her story. She was found struggling with huge waves in October 2007 in Tinos Island. Thanks to a woman’s strength, who shares the same name as Victoria, the female seal is now swimming safe in the Aegean Sea. Victoria was for 5 months in MOm’s Rehabilitation Center and her news were often a subject from the Times to the German Spiegel.