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2014-03-21 16:21:29

This World Water Day, Wellesley scientists find that the teeth of the nerpa seal may hold the strongest evidence of the effects of decades of environmental pollution, nuclear testing, and climate change on Lake Baikal--the deepest, oldest, and most bio-diverse lake in the world. WELLESLEY, Mass., March 21, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- March 21 marks World Water Day--and a fitting time to consider one of the most unique mammals in the Earth's waters. The nerpa, also known as the...

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2011-02-18 09:58:25

Siberia's Lake Baikal, the world's oldest, deepest, and largest freshwater lake, has provided scientists with insight into the ways that climate change affects water temperature, which in turn affects life in the lake. The study was published in the journal PLoS ONE on Feb. 16. "Lake Baikal has the greatest biodiversity of any lake in the world," explained co-author Stephanie Hampton, deputy director of UC Santa Barbara's National Center for Ecological Analysis & Synthesis (NCEAS). "And,...

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2010-07-01 05:39:34

Changes in the marine ecosystem are effecting reproduction in harbor seals (Phoca vitulina) causing them to give birth to their pups much earlier than usual, according to a recent study. The study found that the mammals are birthing their pups 25 days earlier compared to 35 years ago. Scientists believe that removal of large fish species by the fishing industry was allowing populations of smaller species to thrive. These smaller species are favored by the seals. "We report on a continual...

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2009-09-30 05:45:00

The U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has just three weeks to decide whether spotted seals, which rely upon sea ice off the coast of Alaska, should be classified as a threatened or endangered species. The agency also agreed to decide no later than Nov. 1, 2010, whether ringed seals and bearded seals, both ice-dependent seals, should be listed. The settlement between NOAA and the Center for Biological Diversity, which had sued to force a decision, was approved on...

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2009-05-03 08:22:11

Endemic diatoms at the base of the lake's food chain depend on disappearing ice Siberia's Lake Baikal, the world's largest and most biologically diverse lake, faces the prospect of severe ecological disruption as a result of climate change, according to an analysis by a joint US-Russian team in the May issue of BioScience. The lake is considered a treasure trove for biologists and was designated a World Heritage Site by UNESCO because a high proportion of its rich fauna and flora are found...

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2008-07-29 13:35:00

Russian explorers reached the bottom of Lake Baikal in Siberia "” the world's deepest lake "” but said they fell short of breaking the record for the deepest freshwater dive. The Mir-1 submarine descended 1,580m (5,184ft) and not a record 1,680m as was earlier claimed, organizers said. The mission is part of a research project led by Artur Chilingarov, a scientist and Kremlin-backed member of parliament, to research and promote conservation of the lake. Lake Baikalwas declared a...

2008-06-25 15:02:34

BELLINGHAM, WASH._ Repeat after me: Wild baby seals should not be "rescued" off some beach and taken to your home. Not even when they look so cute they give you a big case of the "aaaaawwwws." Not even if you see them lying on a beach with their mothers nowhere in sight and you're convinced those adorable blobs of helplessness need rescuing. Not even after you look at this photo and think: "Is there anything in the world cuter than a baby seal and a wiener dog living in harmony?" Resist...

2006-01-26 07:14:16

By Oliver Bullough MOSCOW (Reuters) - A proposed Russian oil pipeline could cause permanent damage to the unique wildlife of Lake Baikal and must be stopped, scientists who conducted the state's assessment of the plan said on Thursday. The pipeline, due to run from Eastern Siberia to the Pacific coast, would hook round the northern end of Baikal -- the world's deepest lake and home to hundreds of endemic species including a rare fresh water seal. State monopoly Transneft says it...


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Baikal Seal
2013-05-01 12:55:55

The Baikal seal (Pusa sibirica), also known as the nerpa or the Lake Baikal seal, is a true seal in the Phocidae family that is native to Lake Baikal located in Siberia. This species is one of three seals that reside solely in fresh water areas. It is not known exactly how these seals came to inhabit such an isolated area, but some experts assert that a sea-passage was formed that linked the Arctic Ocean and Lake Baikal. The Baikal seal is one of the smallest of all true seal species,...

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