The Baikal seal (Pusa sibirica) is the only purely freshwater seal species in the world, and it lives in precisely one place: Lake Baikal in Siberia. A lake which is itself extraordinary – the deepest in the world – and which is home not only to that unique seal, but to a host of other animals that occur nowhere else on Earth.
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Read on below for show notes, with plenty more on Lake Baikal and its unique wildlife, including links to some of the research mentioned in the show …