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First record of the harp seal (Pagophilus groenlandicus) extralimital presence in the Mediterranean Sea

  • J.J. Bellido (a1) (a2), J. Cabot (a3), J.J. Castillo (a1), J.C. Báez (a4), J.J. Martín (a1), J.L. Mons (a1), J. Larios (a5), J. Rubia (a6) and R. Real (a2)...


The stranding of a harp seal on the beach in the municipality of Motril (southern Spain) represents the first record of this species in the Mediterranean Sea and the southernmost known report. It was a male which reached the beach very tired and sick, dying after two hours on the sand. The specimen presented three species of epibionts. This is the second species of Arctic seal recorded in the Mediterranean Sea.


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Correspondence should be addressed to: J.J. Bellido, Departamento de Biología Animal, Facultad de Ciencias, Universidad de Málaga, E-29071, Spain email:


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