The Saimaa ringed seal (Pusa hispida saimensis) is currently under imminent threat of extinction with only 300 of them left. This world's most endangered seal can only be found in Lake Saimaa in Finland.
Humans are their sole enemy. Banning net fishing only part of the year has not been efficient enough. Straight after allowing net fishing on July this year, several seal pups were found drowned in nets. Fishing restrictions need to be year-round. Nesting peace is also essential for Saimaa ringed seal's survival. Coastal building in their habitats must be strictly limited.
We have to act now, before it is too late! It would be a tremendous shame if these lovely creatures would be extinct!
More information: http://www.sll.fi/mita-me-teemme/lajit/saimaannorppa/ringed-seal
Picture: Juha Taskinen/SLL
Posted: 27 September 2012 (Updated: 14 April 2015)