Baikal seals hauled up on shore beside Lake Baikal

Pusa seals

Pusa is a genus of seals that contains the ringed, Baikal and Caspian species. All three are found in freshwater. The Baikal seal is restricted to its namesake lake, whilst the ringed seal lives in the ocean. The Caspian seal - as its name suggests - is found in the saline waters of the Caspian Sea. In all three species the pups are born on the ice, in sheltered areas or in dens. Newborns are white but develop adult colouration a few weeks later.

Scientific name: Pusa

Rank: Genus