The cutest animals of the Mediterranean

These cutie pies will make you smile, sigh and say, 'awww.'

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Sand cat Sand cat (Photo: Yair Leibovich / Shutterstock)

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All around the sea

Maybe it's the blue water, the smell of sea air or the baklava, but something about the Mediterranean just makes everything seem better. Are the animals there cuter, too?

We're starting to think so, and this sand cat, native to the Mediterranean region, seems to agree with us.

We've compiled a slideshow of some of our favorite adorable animals from all around (and one inside of) the sea.

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