The Baikal Seal is a unique and endangered seal that calls the pristine waters of Russia’s Lake Baikal home. These seals are well adapted to the cold, clear waters of the lake, and can be found swimming and diving along its rocky coastlines.
The Baikal Seal is one of the smallest seals in the world, reaching only around two and a half feet in length and weighing in at around sixty pounds. Despite their small size, these seals are incredibly strong swimmers and divers, capable of holding their breath for up to six minutes underwater.
The Baikal Seal is a true conservation success story, with their population increasing from just a few hundred individuals in the early 1900s to over 25,000 today.