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Baikal seal


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The Baikal seal, Lake Baikal seal or nerpa, is a species of earless seal endemic to Lake Baikal in Siberia, Russia. Like the Caspian seal, it is related to the Arctic ringed seal. The Baikal seal is one of the smallest true seals and the only exclusively freshwater pinniped species. A subpopulation of inland harbour seals living in the Hudson's Bay region of Quebec, Canada, the Saimaa ringed seal and the Ladoga seal are found in fresh water, but these are part of species that also have marine populations. The ancestor of the Baikal seal migrated into Lake Baikal from the Arctic and became isolated there.
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