Baby Monk Seal 'Andrianna' and our Volunteers
7am out the door to head to our meeting point, 2 Buses and a 45 minute metro ride later finally made it. An early Saturday morning day trip for one of the rarest of occasions VIP privileges to meet a very special baby Monk Seal called Adriana that was rescued just a few months ago off the coast of Scopelos.
Once all the volunteers from ARCHELON showed up, we headed to MOmʼs (Mediterranean Monk Seal Association) First Aid Station at Attiko Parko (Athen's Zoo) where we were joined by MOmʼs volunteer, Elina, who was kind enough to give us the private tour to meet baby Adriana.
There in the MOm First Aid Station trailer located just outside the Dolphin and Seal area was baby Adriana waiting for us. Never had I seen a baby seal in person and yet alone a Monk Seal so up close. It was absolutely overwhelming to see such an amazing creature with so much curiosity and the will to live greet us with her incredibly cute face. Like all baby animals she was extremely playful, full of energy swimming all around and jumping on and diving off her platform showing off her beautiful little self. For about 20 minutes I got to observe her and all her splendor!
As an animal lover and diver, words cannot do justice to describe the joy and honor it was to be in the presence of such an animal. I commend all the volunteers who work with her on a daily basis devoting time out of their busy lives to ensure that this baby Monk Seal is taken care of and eventually ready to be released back into the wild this Spring 2015.
This experience, just one of the perks of being a volunteer was all worth it. Getting up before sunrise, to go the great distance and see baby Adriana, I would do it all over again. I am now more aware of the importance of taking care of this endangered species and with this hope to make others aware that they too can volunteer and do their part to see that this rare creature is taken care of.
I cannot emphasize enough on the importance of volunteering. To make the time out of our daily routine to devote to the well-being of whether it is animal or human and give a reaching hand; whether it is an hour a week or month is irrelevant. The point is to give back unconditionally, why? Well, the reward is absolutely priceless.