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About Madeira : Fauna and Flora Last Updated: Jun 28, 2008 - 12:29:23 AM

The Mediterranean monk seal
By Philip Fiske de Gouveia
Jun 7, 2008 - 1:38:43 AM

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Despite this, the government has made no serious efforts to enforce the restrictions, and boats from outside the area continue to fish around Pipéri. There are also government plans to reduce the prohibited area around Pipéri to 500m. On a more positive note, the HSPMS, in collaboration with the Pieterburen Seal Creche in Holland, has reared several abandoned seal pups, all of which have been successfully released in the seas north of Alónissos.

For the moment, your chances of actually seeing a seal are remote, unless you plan to spend a few weeks on a boat in the area. It's recommended that you shouldn't visit Pipéri – this is officially prohibited in any case – or approach sea caves on other islands which might be used by seals, or try to persuade boat-owners to do so.

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