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5 February 2018 / Eye on the Arctic / YLE News

Saimaa seal population on the rise in Finland

Lake Saimaa, South Karelia, Finland

Recent heavy snowfall and large drifts have created ideal conditions for the dens where the endangered Saimaa ringed seal raise their young, and a record number of pups may be born this year. The freshwater Saimaa ringed seal is one of the most endangered seal species in the world.

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The seal pups are playful and curious.
Courtesy Timo Seppäläinen/Finland’s National Parks