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Eye on the Arctic - Finland's Saimaa seal population recovers slowly

Eye on the Arctic - Finland's Saimaa seal population recovers slowly | Finland | Scoop.it
 Finland's fragile population of Saimaa ringed seals has crept up above 300, according to the state forest management agency Metsähallitus. However, this year's pups are worryingly underweight.
The species, which is only found in the lake district of Eastern Finland, is among the world's most endangered mammals. Despite its protected status, seal pups continue to die in fishing nets, making its long-term survival doubtful.
Recent cold, snowy winters have been conducive to seal reproduction, though. Metsähallitus says that the seal stock has edged up over the past three years to a current estimate of 310 individuals. Officials at the state enterprise believe there are around 85 seal cows of reproductive age. They gave birth to some 60 cubs last spring.
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VisitFinland - Spotting seals at Kolovesi National Park

VisitFinland -  Spotting seals at Kolovesi National Park | Finland | Scoop.it
With only 270 individuals in existence the Saimaa Ringed Seal is the most endangered animal in Finland. Kolovesi National Park, a paradise for paddlers in June, offers the best chance to spot one of these rare creatures.

The Saimaa Ringed Seals were separated from their seawater cousins after the last great ice age when Lake Saimaa, Finland's biggest lake, was cut off from the nearby Baltic Sea.
A primary reason for the establishment of Kolovesi National Park in 1990 was for the protection of this unique freshwater seal and its natural habitat. The park has the highest concentration of seals in Lake Saimaa.
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The Finnish Association for Nature Conservation (FANC) — Luonnonsuojeluliitto

The Finnish Association for Nature Conservation (FANC) — Luonnonsuojeluliitto | Finland | Scoop.it
Only existing pop of Saimaa ringed seals is in Finland. A treasure existing nowehere else.
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