Kostis, beloved local monk seal, found slain in waters near Alonnisos, Greece

Kostis, beloved local monk seal, found slain in waters near Alonnisos, Greece

Conservationists demand killer is found after creature harpooned from close range

An orphaned monk seal known as Kostis, who had become a local celebrity in Greece after being rescued by fishers three years ago, has been found harpooned from close range, prompting outrage from conservationists and demands to find his killer.

MOm, the Hellenic Society for the Study and Protection of the Monk Seal, a not-for-profit group that works to protect the endangered species, said Kostis had been deliberately killed in the waters near Alonnisos, in the northern Sporades islands.

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