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Protecting Endangered Mediterranean Monk Seal Creates Eco-Tourism Haven in Greece:

Protecting Endangered Mediterranean Monk Seal Creates Eco-Tourism Haven in Greece:

German marine biologist/filmmaker Thomas Schultze Westrum's footage of Mediterranean monk seals breeding in Alonissos , Greece, caused a stir when it was first shown in 1984. Many of the marine biologists watching the film at a conference in Rhodes had never seen a monk seal before, even on film, according to a short video about the area produced by the eco-tourism travel service provider Greenloons . International organizations that had thought the animal was already extinct began to lobby for its protection, an effort that brought the local community together as well. Sustainable Economic Development "It was the Mediterranean monk seal, which is very closely tied to the Greek heritage, that has helped to bring a community together, create an eco-tourism movement, and assist sustainable economic development in the region," said Greenloons founder Irene Lane. Video: Greenl...

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