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Thousands of endangered dead Seals Wash Ashore at Russia’s Caspian Coast

According to the North Caucasus region’s officials and the state-run news outlet RIA Novosti, over 2,500 endangered seals have been discovered dead on Russia’s Caspian shore.

The sole mammal found in the Caspian Sea, Caspian seals, have been listed as endangered by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) since 2008. The Caspian Sea, the largest landlocked body of water in the world, is surrounded by five nations: Azerbaijan, Iran, Kazakhstan, Russia, and Turkmenistan. Seals washed ashore on the shoreline of the Russian republic of Dagestan near the Caspian Sea. The Dagestan Ministry of Natural Resources stated that the animals’ deaths were due to “natural conditions,” but they were also concerned that there might be many more dead seals.

According to their outward appearance, the seals passed away approximately two weeks ago, and the ministry reported that there were “no traces of violent death, no residues of fishing nets.” Inspectors were reportedly scouring the beach for further dead seals. To determine the cause of death, experts from the Caspian Environmental Center were examining samples taken from the deceased seals. According to KASPIKA, an organization for the conservation of Caspian seals, the mass deaths came after more than 140 Caspian seals were discovered dead on Kazakh beaches of the Caspian Sea earlier this year. The Caspian seal population has been impacted, according to the IUCN, by overhunting, habitat degradation, and climate change. As adults, the seals have no natural adversaries because they are at the top of the food chain. They can get as big as 1.6 meters (5.2 feet) in length and up to 100 kilos in weight (200 pounds).

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