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Lena & Nicole are free!

January 31, 2020

In the end, all went well! Lena and Nicole are back in the waters of the Aegean, healthy and strong, thanks to MOm's restless rehabilitation team (Eleni Tounta, Nikitas Vogiatzis, Kimon Koemtzopoulos & Grigoris Empedoklis) and, of course, to the Veterinarian in charge, Natasa Komnenou. As soon as they reached the edge of the beach, they seemed to enjoy it and, a few moments later, they didn't miss the chance to show off their hunting skills (stay tuned for an awesome video)! We would like to thank everyone who helped, especially those who rescued them (and became their "godfathers"), the Attica Zoological Park for hosting and supporting our efforts, Hellenic Seaways and Blue Star Ferries for adopting the two pups, as well as the Segre Foundation and the Aquario di Genova for the financial support of Lena and Nicole's rehabilitation!a

The countdown has begun!

January 29, 2020

Lena and Nicole are ready to part ways with us... Having overcome many obstacles together and showing a strong will to survive, they are now healthy and weighing more than 50 kg! Soon they will spread their wings (or rather... their flippers) and return to their natural environment. We like to think that they will continue to be BFFs while making many new friends and offsprings!

Eastern Adriatic Monk Seal Project

January 28, 2020

The Mediterranean monk seal gradually returns to areas of the Mediterranean from which it had previously disappeared. Recent observations of seals in neighbouring countries have shown the need to inform local residents, in order to protect the species. The first countries to participate are located along the coast of the eastern Adriatic (Albania, Montenegro and Croatia), therefore MOm's information material was translated, redesigned and printed in order to share it with residents in local public awareness events. This action is part of the Eastern Adriatic Monk Seal Project in collaboration with the organizations PPNEA (Albania), CZip (Montenegro) and BIOM (Croatia), funded by the EuroNatur Foundation.

The release is close!

January 15, 2020

Lena and Nicole are now in the final stretch to complete their rehabilitation! They are almost 4 months old, weighing 48 and 47,5 kg respectively, while the amount of food that each one consumes reaches 3.2 kg of fish per day! Their release is very close, since they will soon exceed the critical limit of 50 kg. Stay tuned to our page to see them return to their beloved sea!

We would like to thank Fondation Segré for their support in the rehabilitation of these beautiful pups.

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