The Baikal Seal or nerpa is a unique animal of Lake Baikal. It’s the only mammal that lives in the lake.
A lot of people go to the Baikal to see this charming creature. In summer, the seals like basking in the sunshine and you can see how variously they can behave. Like people, the Baikal Seals have different characters and temperaments.
But even if you fail to meet a nerpa in the native habitat, you can visit the Baikal Museum, where you will see nerpas in the Baikal Museum ISC SB RAS aquarium.
The Baikal Seals, living in the Nerpinaries (the Baikal Seal Aquariums) in Irkutsk and Listvyanka , will surprise you with their performance. Nerpas there can sing, dance, paint colorful pictures and even “count”.
Some people say that nerpas are like aliens. Maybe, it’s because of their pretty flat eyes and unusual sounds that they blow.
The Baikal Seal is the symbol of Lake Baikal. Nothing can be compared with its almond-shaped eyes and fluffy white fur of the pups!