- Baikal Seals are a freshwater species occurring in the landlocked Lake Baikal
- Researchers have taken lake water samples and biopsies of the dead animals
- Lake Baikal has been suffering from detrimental phenomena over recent years
- These include fish stock depletion, death of endemic sponges and explosion of growth of Spirogyra algae unnatural to the lake potentially caused by pollution
Around 130 dead seals have washed up on the shores of Russia’s Lake Baikal, authorities said Tuesday, as they launched a probe into the latest problem to hit the world’s deepest lake.
The Baikal seal is the smallest in the world, and exactly how and when the species colonised the ancient Siberian lake is still a mystery.
‘There were about 130 animals found dead’ over the past few days, said environmental ministry spokesman Nikolai Gudkov.