The Saimaa Ringed Seal (Pusa hispida saimensis, saimaannorppa) is a subspecies of Ringed Seal (Pusa hispida) . They are among the most endangered seals in the world, having a total population of only about 270 individuals. The only existing population of these seals is found in Lake Saimaa, Finland (hence the name). The population is descended from Ringed Seals that were separated from the rest when the land rose after the last ice age. This seal, along with the Ladoga Seal and the Baikal Seal, is the only living seal to live its life entirely in freshwater.
In order to protect the Saimaa Ringed Seal, fisheries have been banned from their living areas. Also, it is forbidden for unauthorised people to go to the islands where these seals live.
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