Has a dark silvery gray fur on upperside and lighter yellow-gray fur on underside.
Can dive up to 100 m to feed.
Lake Baikal (Russia)
80,000 - 100,000
Occasionally brown bears
They migrate to bays and coves in early autumn.
Social system/Group size
They are usually solitary, but several individuals might share holes in the ice and large groups gather around April to feed.
They highly suffer from pollution. Factories and towns taint the lake with sewage and industrial waste, fertilisers and pesticides enter from the sirrounding agricultural land. They are also hunted by humans (legally and illegally). The phocine distemper virus has also caused many deaths.
The Baikal seal is the only freshwater pinniped.