Baikal Seal : The Seal That’s Never Seen The Sea

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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Just for a little change of scene, we have a new header image up at the top of this page. I did like that lovely Stomias boa, so there’s a good chance it’ll re-appear one day, but for now we’re going with this charming critter:

Which is, apparently, supposed to be a Humboldt’s hog-nosed skunk (Conepatus humboldtii), a skunk from the southern tip of South America. As with a great many old illustrations of animals, it’s not exactly a fantastic representation if that is indeed what it’s supposed to be. Too much red/brown, not nearly enough white, not enough fur/hair generally. However, it’s not quite as simple as that.

Read on to see just how not simple it is, and for cute film of a bouncing skunk …