The Saimaa ringed seal (Pusa hispida saimensis) is one of the world's rarest seals, appearing only in the Saimaa waterway in Finland. The Saimaa ringed seal is highly endangered and was given protected status by the WWF in 1979. The Saimaa ringed seal is a unique species, rare and severely endangered.
The beautiful creature can be spotted on a cruise or a canoeing trip if you are lucky!
According to YLE (17.10.2019) "Conservationists have succeeded in smashing a target for numbers of the rare and severely endangered Saimaa ringed seal, with more than 400 now apparently resident in eastern Finland. Finland's state-owned forestry enterprise Metsähallitus estimates that about 410 seals currently live in the Saimaa lake region."
See the great photos by Juha Taskinen and read the story: The Saimaa ringed seal is not alone