It’s been identified that the adult female monk seal (Monachus monachus), which was found dead in Selinus Beach in Gazipasa in Antalya on 15th of August, 2013, was the same individual which was previously found wounded and sick in Alanya in July. This individual, a Mediterranean monk seal, was provided medical support by 7 institutions and then released into nature. According to its necropsy, it’s believed that it’s death occurred for natural causes.
According to necropsy done by Marine Mammal Specialist and Veterinary Surgeon Erdem Danyer from Turkish Marine Research Foundation (TUDAV) and Veterinary Surgeon Ahmet Mefut from Mediterranean Fisheries Research Production and Training Institute, bleeding (haemorrhage) was detected in all tissues of 230 cm long Mediterranean Monk Seal. In addition, parasites were found under the skin and in the oral cavity of the animal. It is believed that the seal was weakened depending on nutrition disorder and systemic disease and died because of hypovolemic shock as a result of internal bleeding. The cause of death will be understood after examining more samples.
Another Mediterranean monk seal was found got shot in the same area on 30th of April. The perpetrators still have not been caught.