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2008-10-07 18:00:18

A BAN on hunting the Caspian seal is needed to halt massive declines in numbers of the endangered mammal, scientists urged today. The population has plummeted from more than a million at the start of the 20th century to about 100,000 today, as a result of commercial hunting, pollution, disease and drowning in fishing nets. Researchers from the University of Leeds said recent surveys showed that in 2006 there were just 17,000 breeding females - barely enough to maintain a viable...

2008-10-06 15:38:44

One of the smallest seals "“ the Caspian - has joined a growing list of mammal species in danger of extinction. Scientists from the University of Leeds together with international partners have documented the disastrous decline of the seal - a species found only in the land-locked waters of the Caspian Sea "“ in a series of surveys which reveal a 90 per cent drop in numbers in the last 100 years. The research findings have prompted the International Union for Conservation of...

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Caspian Seal
2013-04-30 14:10:47

The Caspian seal (Pusa caspica) is one of the smallest species in the true seal family that is native only to the Caspian Sea.  It can be seen on shorelines, rocky islands, and ice blocks that occur throughout the sea. In warmer months, these seals will inhabit northern areas of this range, but in colder months, they inhabit cooler waters and the mouths of the Ural and Volga rivers. It is thought that these seals only occur in the Caspian Sea because they moved there during the Quaternary...

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