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This morning, a young female Saimaa Ringed Seal appeared on the ice about 200 meters from our house, and I managed to get some shots of her. The Saimaa Ringed Seal is one of the most endangered species of seal (only about 300 individuals exist), and the entire population lives in Lake Saimaa, Finland. The seals are usually very easy-going, and not easily frightened by onlookers. This individual spent a few hours in the same spot, taking in the sun and the surroundings.

For more information, see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saimaa_ringed_seal

These images are fairly heavily cropped. Shot with a Sigma 120-300 OS + Kenko 1.4 TC.


Saimaa Ringed Seal by JaakkoHeikkila, on Flickr


Saimaa Ringed Seal 2 by JaakkoHeikkila, on Flickr

Thanks for looking!

Jaakko



May 03, 2012 at 12:27 PM
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p.1 #2 · p.1 #2 · Saimaa Ringed Seal


A couple of nice images Jaako.


May 03, 2012 at 12:31 PM
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p.1 #3 · p.1 #3 · Saimaa Ringed Seal


Interesting shots, good work Jaakko.
Douglas



May 03, 2012 at 03:08 PM
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p.1 #4 · p.1 #4 · Saimaa Ringed Seal


Douglas, KCollett, thanks for the kind comments!

Jaakko



May 03, 2012 at 04:05 PM
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p.1 #5 · p.1 #5 · Saimaa Ringed Seal


When I get a chance to see an animal that is that rare it is quite a treat! Thanks for sharing!
Eric



May 03, 2012 at 10:42 PM
 

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p.1 #6 · p.1 #6 · Saimaa Ringed Seal


Lovely to see. Can they be saved? Don


May 04, 2012 at 12:39 AM
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p.1 #7 · p.1 #7 · Saimaa Ringed Seal


great shots of am apparently too-rare creature. thanks for bringing the plight of this animal to our attention. hopefully all efforts are being made to protect it.


May 04, 2012 at 12:42 AM
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p.1 #8 · p.1 #8 · Saimaa Ringed Seal


Beautiful animal... two very nice images Jaakko.
Really appreciate you sharing these with us.

Kirk



May 04, 2012 at 03:47 AM
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p.1 #9 · p.1 #9 · Saimaa Ringed Seal


Thanks, Eric, Don, dorian and Kirk.

Don and dorian, significant efforts are being made to protect and preserve the seal. Net fishing is restricted during early summer, and I believe there are some restrictions related to tourism and recreational lakeside homes as well. The population has been stable at 260-290 seals during the last ten years.

Jaakko



May 04, 2012 at 08:35 AM
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nice job Jaakko


May 04, 2012 at 08:44 AM





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