Last updated: October 13, 2017 at 19:03 pm
Baikal Seal (Pusa sibirica) – The adult of this freshwater earless species attains a maximum size of 1.37 m (4.5 ft). Its average weight is approximately 64 kg (140 lbs). Although it is related to the ringed seal, it is also the only exclusively freshwater pinniped species. Other freshwater seal populations are from species also present in marine environments. Also known as the Lake Baikal seal, or nerpa.
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