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Watch hundreds of seals bask in the sun at Lake Baikal02:08

Watch hundreds of seals bask in the sun at Lake Baikal

Russian Federation, Buryatia, Lake Baikal
August 12, 2020 at 22:37 GMT -00:00 · Published

Hundreds of seals were spotted enjoying sunny weather on Lake Baikal cliffy coast, as footage released on Wednesday shows.

Baikal seals, which are common residents of the area, were seen swimming near the coast and lying on the cliffs in the soft sun.

The footage belongs to local photographer Stanislav Tolstnev. He has spent two summer months meticulously filming the animals on the Ushkan Islands located in the middle of the lake.

As he said on his Facebook page, the reason why seals are doing so well this year is that May was so warm that the Baikal ice has melted really quickly. The mammals usually spend their days on the ice plates, he added, but this year they have managed to occupy the islands where no predator can chase them.

He also reported that some locals managed to save a lone baby seal. They raised it up and let go.

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Hundreds of seals were spotted enjoying sunny weather on Lake Baikal cliffy coast, as footage released on Wednesday shows.

Baikal seals, which are common residents of the area, were seen swimming near the coast and lying on the cliffs in the soft sun.

The footage belongs to local photographer Stanislav Tolstnev. He has spent two summer months meticulously filming the animals on the Ushkan Islands located in the middle of the lake.

As he said on his Facebook page, the reason why seals are doing so well this year is that May was so warm that the Baikal ice has melted really quickly. The mammals usually spend their days on the ice plates, he added, but this year they have managed to occupy the islands where no predator can chase them.

He also reported that some locals managed to save a lone baby seal. They raised it up and let go.

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