A baby monk seal, who had become the mascot of a Greek island after surviving cyclone Zorbas had come to be much loved by residents, was killed, causing an uproar.

The seal was given the name Kostis by the fisherman who rescued him during the cyclone in 2018.

The MOm NGO for the protection of the Mediterranean monk seal stated on Saturday, July 24 that Kostis was “deliberately killed” off the shore of Alonissos island.

The island is part of the Alonnisos and Northern Sporades marine parks, and it is Greece’s first legally protected marine park.

Marine park’s website said it is Europe’s largest such protected area.

“The innocent and unaware seal was executed at close range with a spear gun that had a large spear for exactly that purpose,” MOm said in a Facebook post.

Per the group, Mediterranean monk seals are endangered and Greece is home to nearly half of the remaining population.

Kostis was a very friendly seal and was frequently photographed lying on boats in the harbor of Alonissos.

According to the Athens News Agency, a search for the perpetrator is ongoing.