Caspian Seal

(Pusa Caspica)

Description

The Caspian Seal is one of the smallest seals; male Caspian Seals can get up to 150 cm long, while the female Caspian Seals can get up to 140 cm long. When Caspian Seals are first born, they usually have long white hair and after a few weeks pass the hair gets shorter and darker, and sometimes receive darker spots. This species is important to us because it is known for being one of few species that are endemic and known to stay in only one area. The Caspian Seal does not leave the Caspian Sea region, ever.
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Current Status - Endangered

The Caspian Seal is endemic to the Caspian Sea. Starting in the 20th century with nearly a million, the Caspian Seal has declined by 90 percent due to human activities. It is unlikely that without protection, this species will not last in the long-term.

Fact

The Caspian Seals migrate usually on the ice, but also on the sandy banks and reefs. The Caspian Seal also migrates seasonly due to their vulnerability to wolves and large eagles.
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Threats to Caspian Seals

The biggest threat to the Caspian Seal is intensive commercial hunting. There are also many other factors that are threatening the Caspian Seals, such as human activity, and predators.

Current Conservation Efforts

Caspian Environment Programme (CEP) is helping to change this theory, as well as many other groups. Protection areas and the banning of all hunting in the Caspian Sea is being tried to become a law to help these significant species stay around for a longer time then they are predicted to, but they are not yet currently enforced. To help save these unique creatures, inform more and more people about them and what is happening to them. The more people know about them, the more they can help.