Russia • Caspian Sea • Seals • Caspian seal 

By Madhupriya

December 11,2022

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According to the IUCN, overhunting, habitat degradation, and climate change have all harmed the Caspian seal population. Following this incident, the Dagestan Ministry stated that the overall Caspian seal population in the region is stable, "ranging from 270,000 to 300,000."

How many Caspian seals are left?

Overfishing and the effects of industrial pollution have harmed the Caspian Sea seal population for decades. Experts estimate that there are about 68,000 Caspian seals left, down from over a million in the early twentieth century.

Does the Caspian Sea have seals?

On December 5, 2022, at 9:51 a.m. MOSCOW, Russian Federation (AP) — Thousands of dead seals washed up on Russia's Caspian Sea coast died of oxygen deprivation, according to a top Russian environmental official.

What killed the seals in Russia?

Caspian seals return to the southern Caspian Sea in late April after the breeding season and moulting, as the north begins to warm due to constant ice melting. The seals spend the summer months in the southern region of the Caspian Sea, which has deeper, colder waters.

Where do Caspian seals migrate to?

According to the International Union for Conservation of Nature, the endangered Mediterranean monk seal (Monachus monachus), which is native to the western Mediterranean and the eastern Atlantic, is the rarest species of seal, with only 600-700 remaining in the wild.

What is the world's rarest seal?

The largest is the Southern elephant seal (larger than even the walrus), and the smallest is the ringed seal. Some species are sexually dimorphic, which means that the sexes look and grow differently.

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