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The Grotta del Fico: The last kingdom of the Monk Seal
The entrance to the Grotta del Fico is 7 m. above sea level in the splendid limestone wall of the Gulf of Orosei. Handy walkways allow you to walk along the fossil bed of an ancient underground river and enter into the mysterious and fascinating world of this cave system. The cavern is located between the splendid beaches of Cala Goloritzè, Ispuligidenie and Cala Biriola, and is particularly important for the numerous sumps leading to the sea and through which the Monk Seal entered the cave to breed on the beaches inside. Padre Antonio Furreddu, one of the founders of speleology on the island, dedicated his life to studying this mammal. The island's most important research programmes were carried out by this Jesuit explorer in 1957, in the Grotta del Fico itself on the Baunei coast.