The cutest animals of the Mediterranean

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

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monk seal monk seal (Photo: zaferkizilkaya / Shutterstock)

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Monk seal

Monk seals like this one photographed in Turkey live to be up to 45 years old. As successful bottom-hunters, some lift slabs of rock at the bottom of the ocean, searching for prey.

While monk seals used to congregate on open beaches, they switched to sea caves after humans started invading their habitats.

These seals are critically endangered; there are only 600 of them left. To help save them, Greece has created a large preservation area in the Aegean Sea.

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