Sunday, 27 September, 2020

Can Finland’s Saimaa seals survive climate change?

The wintertime of 2019/2020 has been the warmest ever recorded in Europe.

That’s a problem for a species of seal which is experiencing extinction.

The Saimaa ringed seal demands snow and ice to survive because it gives birth to its pups in lairs dug into snow drifts.

But temperatures all around their Finnish lake have been up to 10°C higher than the winter average, and there isn’t plenty of snow for their lairs.

Now conservationists from the Environment Large Fund for Mother nature (WWF) and Finland’s parks and wildlife service are attempting to conserve the species from the effects of a warming world.

Seal footage courtesy Juha Taskinen / WWF Finland.

Online video Journalist Tom Bateman.

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