16 The Pool of Baikal Seal in Irkutsk

The Pool of Baikal Seal in Irkutsk

Posted on April 22, 2010 by team


In Irkutsk there’s a pool of Baikal seal. There live and learn funny and cute pinniped guys. 

The seal – is a live symbol of Baikal. It is one of its most beautiful inhabitants and the only species living in a lake. The Baikal seal is one of three limnetic seal species in the world, endemic of Baikal and it lives nowhere else. Looking for food, these seals dive 200 m deep and stay underwater for 20-25 minutes. They give birth to calves on the ice or in a snow lie. Most of the calves are born in the middle of March. In the first weeks of their life they have white fur that allows them to be almost invisible in snow. Adult mails achieve 130-150 kg and their length may be up to 1.8m, females are smaller.  The life span of the seals is 55-56 years at most. It is hard to see seals in the natural habitat due to their reticence and fearfulness.


In the Baikal region there are three seal pools. This one is in Irkutsk. These are not simply seals, these are students, artists, pets… Here they are loved, cared of and taught. Trained seals give some performances a day. Among the visitors of the pool are not only children but adults as well. The main artists are a male Tito and a female Nessy. They sing, kiss, dance waltz and break, play with a ball and count to 5. They can save the drowning as well.


This is Tito, a great expert. He is a real male – courteous, strong and energetic. He’s a talented musician and an artist. Tito paints pictures with gouache on Whatman paper. Such a picture may be bought at an action held during the performance.


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16 Responses to “The Pool of Baikal Seal in Irkutsk”

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  7. Musa says:

    Great Post! They are so adorable. Seals look like Sea Dogs. Thanks for Post ER People and Photographer.


  8. Josie says:

    They are so cute :D

  9. Baikal seal-Nerpa in the wild,get good photographs.


    Also: Cruises on Lake Baikal aboard boats and yachts, Tours to Lake Baikal.

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