Day 161

Day 161


Under the protection of Poseidon

“In ancient Greece, monk seals were placed under the protection of Poseidon and Apollo because they showed a great love for sea and sun. One of the first coins, minted around 500 BC, depicted the head of a monk seal, and the creatures were immortalized in the writings of Homer, Plutarch and Aristotle. To fishermen and seafarers, catching sight of the animals frolicking in the waves or loafing on the beaches was considered to be an omen of good fortune.”

In more recent history the monk seals’ claim to fame is being on the “critically endangered”. BUT, Thanks to years of effort from governments and conservation groups there’s been a rise in the population of these playful creatures.

Poseidon would be pleased.

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