Subject: Info: Baby monk seal released off Ma (fwd)

Michael Williamson (pita)
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Subject: Baby monk seal released off Ma
Baby monk seal released off Mauritania
    NOUAKCHOTT, Jan 25 (Reuter) - A baby monk seal, one of the
world's most endangered species, has recovered from her injuries
after treatment in Mauritania and been returned to the sea, the
Mauritanian state news agency said on Thursday.
     The monk seal was rescued near the northern port of
Nouadhibou last October. Named Aziza by a researcher, she had
apparently lost her parents in a storm and was lightly injured
and suffering from malnutrition and breathing problems.
     Some 150 monk seals, about half the world's total, live off
Mauritania, Western Sahara and Morocco.
     Aziza was cared for at Mauritania's national oceanographic
and fisheries research centre in Nouadhibou with the help of the
Dutch Pieterburen dolphin research institute. After nearly four
months of treatment, her weight had risen to 50 kg (110 pounds)
from 31 kg (68 pounds).
     Monk seals, so called because folds of skin around their
necks recall monastic dress, are among the last members of the
seal family living in temperate waters in the northern
     They are under threat from viral infections, from pollution
and fishing which deplete their feeding grounds, and fishermen
who kill them because they damage nets and eat fish.