Saimaa Ringed Seal – Seal trips

In Lake Saimaa, there lives a unique animal that you cannot find anywhere else in the world – the Saimaa ringed seal (Pusa hispida saimensis), known in Finnish as “norppa”.

The roots of the Saimaa ringed seal go back around 8,000 years to when it was separated from other ringed seal populations after the last ice age. Since then, it has adapted to living in fresh water. There are currently around 400 seals in Lake Saimaa.

The Saimaa ringed seal is a mammal that lives in the water and only visits dry land on occasion. May and June are the best months for seal spotting because after the ice melts from the lakes, the seals change their fur and warm themselves on the rocks in the spring sunshine.

If you would like to see a Saimaa ringed seal, it is advisable to go on a seal excursion with an experienced guide. The guides know Lake Saimaa and its seals like the backs of their hands! If you go on an excursion with a guide in the spring time, you are almost guaranteed to get a look at this endangered animal. These tours and safaris are always done with the best interests of the seals in mind, and they are never disturbed.

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