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THE MONACHUS GUARDIAN – BIANNUAL JOURNAL 1998–2010

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The Monachus Guardian. Vol. 13 / No. 2. 2010

Guest Editorial: Growing up with monk seals in Madeira, by Gil Pereira… Cave habitats used by Mediterranean monk seals in Sardinia, by Luigi Bundone… Mediterranean monk seal mortality in 2010 in Greece, by Marianna Psaradellis, Vangelis Paravas and Alexandros A. Karamanlidis… Three monk seal encounters in the Northern Gulf of Evia, Greece, by Giovanni Bearzi and Silvia Bonizzoni… A new healthcare facility for Hawaiian monk seals in Kona, Hawaii, by Jeff Boehm… Plus, International, Mediterranean and Hawaiian news… Letters to the Editor: including Genetic scepticism – just how important is genetic research to the conservation of the Mediterranean monk seal?… Recent Publications…

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The Monachus Guardian. Vol. 13 / No. 1. 2010

Editorial: An epidemic of killings, by William M. Johnson… Markos’ case: trauma, treatment, and reflections, by Emily Joseph… Monk seal killed by dynamite blast in the Aegean, by Anastasia Miliou… Nefeli’s rehabilitation: methods, results, and challenges, by Emily Joseph… The world’s two remaining monk seal species: how many different ways are there of being Critically Endangered? by Giuseppe Notarbartolo di Sciara… Mediterranean monk seal, Monachus monachus, re-sighted along the Israeli coastline after more than half a century, by Aviad Scheinin, Oz Goffman, Mia Elasar and Dani Kerem… Plus, International, Mediterranean and Hawaiian news… Recent Publications…

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The Monachus Guardian. Vol. 12 / No. 2. 2009

Monk seals and fisheries need attention, education and cooperation, by Trisha Kehaulani Watson… Tracking Artemis: Making sense out of a young seal’s death, by Panagiotis Dendrinos and Emily Joseph… Historic beach birth at Cabo Blanco, by Pablo Fernández de Larrinoa et al… Monk seal sightings in Italy move to the central Tyrrhenian sea, by Giulia Mo… Tackling the conflict between seals and fisheries in Greece: an end or a beginning? by Stella Adamantopoulou and Vangelis Paravas… Mallorca’s lone seal: the 2009 follow-up, by Antoni Font and Joan Mayol… Plus, International, Mediterranean and Hawaiian news… Recent Publications… Letters to the Editor…

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The Monachus Guardian. Vol. 12 / No. 1. 2009

Monk seal: metaphor for the Mediterranean ecosystem, by Ali Cemal Gücü… Freedom at last for KP2, by David Schofield… Artemis diary, by Eugenia Androukaki… Our monk seal ambassador, ‘Desertinha’, dies in Madeira, by Rosa Pires… Our Sea, Our Life, by Konstantinos Mentzelopoulos… 1st International Conference for MPAs: a long overdue workshop on both Monachus species, by Spyros Kotomatas, Vangelis Paravas, Harun Güçlüsoy and Rosa Pires… Plus, International, Mediterranean and Hawaiian news… Recent Publications… Letters to the Editor…

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The Monachus Guardian. Vol. 11 / No. 2. 2008

Recovering the Balearic Islands for the monk seal, by Miquel À. Grimalt i Vert… One talking fish with a whale of a tale, by William M. Johnson… Sighting and Response, by Antoni Font et al… The Song of the Sirens, by Panagiotis Dendrinos and Alexandros A. Karamanlidis… The in situ treatment of a Mediterranean monk seal pup at Piperi Island, by Christos Neofitou et al. Plus, International, Caribbean, Mediterranean and Hawaiian news… Recent Publications… Letters to the Editor…

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The Monachus Guardian. Vol. 11 / No. 1. 2008

Twenty Years of Action – by Vangelis Paravas… The changing face of marine litter – by Constantinos Triantafillou… Orphan Returns to ‘Mother’ Sea – by William M. Johnson… So many seals, so little time: the rapid extinction of the Caribbean monk seal – by Kyle Baker… Badem wanders freely in Gökova Bay – by Cem O. Kıraç and Harun Güçlüsoy… Plus International, Caribbean, Mediterranean and Hawaiian news… Letters to the Editor… Recent Publications…

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The Monachus Guardian. Vol. 10 / No. 2. 2007

Banking on Conservation – by Vrassidas Zavras… Revealing secrets of the Mediterranean monk seal – by Panagiotis Dendrinos et al… Newborn pup in dramatic rescue – by William M. Johnson… Forty days on Psathoura – Giorgos Catsadorakis… They’re back! Monk seals reoccupy lost habitats on Cabo Blanco peninsula – by Pablo Fernández de Larrinoa et al… International, Mediterranean and Hawaiian news… Recent Publications…

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The Monachus Guardian. Vol. 10 / No. 1. 2007

A joyful loss – by Ilksen D. Bas… Mediterranean: Making a blue sea green – by William M. Johnson… Results of a research and information campaign on the possible presence of monk seals on the west coast of Algeria – by M. Bouderbala et al… Possible seal pox in the Monachus monachus Cyprus colony – Is stress and hunger a contributing factor? – by Huseyin Cihan et al… International, Mediterranean and Hawaiian news… Recent Publications… Letters to the Editor…

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The Monachus Guardian. Vol. 9 / No. 2. 2006

Anatomy of a Conference – by William M Johnson… Seals of Northern Cyprus – by Ali Cemal Gücü… Notable increase of newborn pups at Cabo Blanco – by Miguel Angel Cedenilla and Pablo Fernández de Larrinoa… Seal finds stardom – by Rosa Pires… To what extent can the Cilician monk seal colony recover under existing regulations? – by Meltem Ok and Ali Cemal Gucu… International, Mediterranean and Hawaiian news… Recent Publications… Letters to the Editor…

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The Monachus Guardian. Vol. 9 / No. 1. 2006

The government of the Balearic Islands, working towards  the recovery of the Mediterranean monk seal – by Joan Mayol… The twists and turns of monk seal science – by Paul Koberstein... Mediterranean governments vow protection for the Mediterranean monk seal – by Kostas Triantafillou… Monk seal translocation: back on the agenda… International, Mediterranean and Hawaiian news… Recent Publications…

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The Monachus Guardian. Vol. 8 / No. 2. 2005

Recent Sightings of the Monk Seal in Croatian areas of the Adriatic – by Martina Duras Gomercic, Tomislav Gomercic, Duro Huber and Hrvoje Gomercic… Mediterranean Monk Seal off Ginak Island, The Gambia: a new sighting at the southern fringe of the known range – by Roy Armstrong and Owen T. Nevin… International, Mediterranean and Hawaiian news… Recent Publications… Letters to the Editor, including The National Marine Rubbish Tip of Zakynthos

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The Monachus Guardian. Vol. 8 / No. 1. 2005

Guest Editorial: Has Zeus gone mad? – by Alexandros A. Karamanlidis… Making seal sense – an interview on Greek-Turkish cross-border cooperation, with Jeny Androukaki and Harun Güçlüsoy… The Mediterranean monk seal in Sardinia – by Luigi Bundone… In echoes of the past, the sound of the present – by William M. Johnson… Plus… International, Mediterranean and Hawaiian News… Recent Publications… Letters to the Editor…

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The Monachus Guardian. Vol. 7 / No. 2. 2004

Guest Editorial: Fifteen years onboard “the Odyssey” – by Panayiotis Dendrinos… 40 years of monk seal conservation in Turkey – by Cem O. Kiraç et al…  Developing closer ties between Turkey and Greece in monk seal conservation – by Yalçin Savas and Harun Güçlüsoy… Is the broken link between two isolated colonies in the northeastern Mediterranean re-establishing? – by Ali Cemal Gucu… Monk seal conservation “unveiled” – by Alexandros Karamanlidis… Plus… International, Mediterranean and Hawaiian News… Recent Publications… Letters to the Editor…

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The Monachus Guardian. Vol. 7 / No. 1. 2004

Guest Editorial: Add biopolitics to the monk seal’s deadly foes – by Manel Gazo… Arab the Pilgrim – by Ali Cemal Gucu and Meltem Ok… One pup – three “mothers” – by Rosa Pires… Sensitive Sea Areas and the Mediterranean monk seal – by Costas Triantafillou… Plus… International, Mediterranean and Hawaiian News… Recent Publications… Letters to the Editor, including Pup catching plans draw fire – by Harun Güçlüsoy…

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The Monachus Guardian. Vol. 6 / No. 2. 2003

Guest Editorial: Saving seals at Madeira… a passionate affair – by Rosa Pires… Plundering the Pacific: the cats who run the fishhouse – by Paul Koberstein… The Cilician monk seal colony is growing – by Ali Cemal Gucu… Seeking answers in the Gulf of Iskenderun: do eastern Mediterranean monk seals migrate? – by Ali Cemal Gucu, Meltem Ok and Hasan Örek… Monachus Science: Monk seals in post-classical history – by William M. Johnson… Findings on the reproductive parameters of the endangered Mediterranean monk seal at the Desertas Islands, Madeira – by Rosa Pires… Plus… International, Mediterranean and Hawaiian News… Recent Publications… Letters to the Editor…

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The Monachus Guardian. Vol. 6 / No. 1. 2003

Guest Editorial: Cilicia on my Mind – by Luigi Guarrera… Northwestern Hawaiian Islands: Creating a Pu‘uhonua for Future Generations – by Cha Smith… Human disturbance at the Cabo Blanco monk seal colony – by Pablo Fernández de Larrinoa and Miguel Ángel Cedenilla… Legal aspects of Mediterranean monk seal (Monachus monachus) conservation in Greece – by Katerina Moisiadou and Alexandros A. Karamanlidis… Monachus Science: Results of a preliminary mission carried out in Cyrenaica, Libya – by A. Hamza, G. Mo and K. Tayeb… Is the rehabilitation of the Mediterranean monk seal Monachus monachus (Hermann 1779) in Turkey necessary? – by H. Güçlüsoy, H. Örek, and N.O. Veryeri. Plus… International, Mediterranean and Hawaiian News… Recent Publications… Letters to the Editor…

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The Monachus Guardian. Vol. 5 / No. 2. 2002

Guest Editorial: Monk seal apocalypse – by Giuseppe Notarbartolo di Sciara… Virus threats to monk seals – an interview with Professor Ab Osterhaus… Conservation actions on the Cabo Blanco Peninsula – by Pablo Fernández de Larrinoa, Ingrid Mozetich & Miguel Angel Cedenilla… Mediterranean monk seal behaviour – by Harun Güçlüsoy, William M. Johnson & Alexandros A. Karamanlidis… Monachus Science: On a young monk seal that lost its way in 1927 – by P.J.H. van Bree… Monk Seals in the Indian Ocean? – by F. Moutu… Monachus Science Posters: The habitat of the endangered Mediterranean monk seal (Monachus monachus) in the archipelago of Madeira – by A.A. Karamanlidis, R. Pires, N.C. Silva and H.C. Neves… Plus… International, Mediterranean and Hawaiian News… Recent Publications… Letters to the Editor…

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The Monachus Guardian. Vol. 5 / No. 1. 2002

Guest Editorial – by Henrique Costa Neves… Endgame: the fight for marine protected areas in Turkey – by Cem O. Kiraç et al… Challenge in the Ionian – an interview with Ioannis D. Pantis, President of the National Marine Park of Zakynthos, Greece… Monachus Science: Observations on diving behaviour of free ranging Mediterranean monk seals on Turkish coasts – by C.O. Kiraç et al… Monachus Science Posters: Growth and development of Mediterranean monk seal pups during rehabilitation – by E. Androukaki et al… Plus… International, Mediterranean and Hawaiian News… Recent Publications… Letters to the Editor…

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The Monachus Guardian. Vol. 4 / No. 2. 2001

Guest Editorial: Witnessing the monk seal’s extinction in the Black Sea – by Cem O. Kiraç… Caribbean monk seals or hooded seals? – by Antonio A. Mignucci-Giannoni & Peter Haddow… The islands at the end of the line… and… All at sea – Adrift in the Northern Sporades Marine Park – by William M. Johnson… Hanging by a thread – by David M. Lavigne & William M. Johnson… Back to the future – by Keith Ronald… Plus… International, Mediterranean and Hawaiian News… Recent Publications… Letters to the Editor…

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The Monachus Guardian. Vol. 4 / No. 1. 2001

Guest Editorial: Thoughts from Las Cuevecillas – by Luis Mariano González… Snared and drowned: are fishing nets killing off a new generation of monk seals in Turkey’s protected areas? – by Ozan Veryeri et al… Are monk seals recolonising Madeira island? – by Rosa Pires… Sayings of 3000 Years, Book II: 1601 ~ 2000 A.D. – compiled from the nominations of numerous contributors… Further observations of Mediterranean monk seals on the North Atlantic coasts of Morocco – by A. Bayed… Plus… International, Mediterranean and Hawaiian News… Recent Publications… Letters to the Editor, including Off Course in the Aegean? – by Thomas Schultze-Westrum… and Right of Reply: On Course in the Aegean – by Spyros Kotomatas…

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The Monachus Guardian. Vol. 3 / No. 2. 2000

Guest Editorial – by Sevki Avci… Four Thorny Issues – by Claudia Giammatteo… Monk Seal Philately – by W.M. Johnson, A.A. Karamanlidis, D.M. Lavigne & A.A. Mignucci-Giannoni… Sayings of 3000 Years – compiled from the nominations of numerous contributors… Monk Seal Sightings on Open Beaches in the Desertas Islands, Madeira – by Rosa Pires & Henrique Costa Neves… Monachus Science Posters: A Field Method for Age Estimation of Mediterranean Monk Seal Pups – by P. Dendrinos, E. Tounta & S. Kotomatas, and The Mediterranean Monk Seal in Cyprus – by P. Dendrinos & A. Demetropoulos… Plus… International, Mediterranean and Hawaiian News… Recent Publications… Letters to the Editor, including – Tourism in the Dock by Xavier-Jacques Bacquet…

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The Monachus Guardian. Vol. 3 / No. 1. 2000

Guest Editorial – by Keith Ronald… When fishermen save seals – by William M. Johnson & Alexandros A. Karamanlidis… Final millennium for the Caribbean monk seal – by Gail Swanson… Insufficient calcium intake as a possible cause of osteoporosis in an adult female monk seal – by E.J.O. Kompanje, H. Güçlüsoy & P.J.H. van Bree… High levels of human interaction with a Hawaiian monk seal on the island of Maui – by Robin W. Baird… Plus… International, Mediterranean and Hawaiian News… Recent Publications… Letters to the Editor… and more…

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The Monachus Guardian. Vol. 2 / No. 2. 1999

Guest Editorial – by Prince Sadruddin Aga Khan… Mass tourism & the Mediterranean monk seal – by W.M. Johnson & D.M. Lavigne… How tourism has ruined the coastal habitats of the monk seal on the Bodrum Peninsula, Turkey – by Y. Savas… Monk seals in the Cape Verde Islands by C.J. Hazevoet… On a few bacula of Mediterranean monk seals – by P.J.H. van Bree… Plus… International, Mediterranean and Hawaiian News… Recent Publications… Your Letters and more…

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The Monachus Guardian. Vol. 2 / No. 1. 1999

He didn’t eat the seal, did he? – A Judge’s reaction to the persecution of a Hawaiian monk seal… Action & Action Plans – Why sporadic sightings may mean that monk seal conservation in Italy is not a lost cause… The Old Woman Who Swallowed the Fly – How Hawaiian monk seal conservation bears an uncanny resemblance to an English nursery rhyme; Monachus Science Monk Seals in Antiquity (Abstract): The Mediterranean Monk Seal (Monachus monachus) in Ancient History and Literature… Feasibility study for daily monitoring of a potential breeding cave for the Mediterranean monk seal, Monachus monachus… Plus… Mediterranean and Hawaiian News… Recent Publications… Your Letters and more…

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The Monachus Guardian. Vol. 1 / No. 2. 1998

A satirical look at the recent United Nations Environment Programme conference in Arta, Greece… in-depth reports from the Cilician Basin on Turkey’s Mediterranean coast, from the Hawaiian islands of Midway and Maui… Scientific papers from   Madeira’s Desertas Islands, and Croatia’s Vis archipelago in the Adriatic… Plus… International and Regional News… Recent Publications… Your Letters and more…

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The Monachus Guardian. Vol. 1 / No. 1. 1998

In the inaugural issue of The Monachus Guardian: in-depth reports from Sardinia and the Aegean Coast of Turkey… A satirical look at Monaco’s monk seal Workshop… International and Regional News… Recent Publications… and more…

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