Did you know that the Baltic Sea is home to the smallest seal species in the world – the Baltic ringed seal? The ringed seals are arctic species, and their survival depends on the presence of ice and snow. That is why climate change poses the biggest threat to the Baltic ringed seal today. For example the Archipelago Sea may only freeze for a few weeks in the future, which is not sufficient to carry the ringed seals through the breeding season.
Together with WWF Finland we have started a donation campaign to collect funds for Baltic ringed seal conservation. With the donations collected in this campaign, we can start projects to find out ways to help the pups survive through warmer winters.
Join us in making the Baltic Sea a better place for the seals – and for all of us!
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Everyone who makes a donation to this project is invited to digitally write their name on board of Tallink’s new vessel, Megastar. In the entrance lobby of Megastar, there is a huge screen welcoming everybody coming on board or saying good bye when they leave. The Tallink Shuttle image on the screen will consist of the names of the people, who have donated for the project and wish to see their names on board of Megastar.
Who is Baltic ringed seal?
The Baltic ringed seal can be recognized by its short and dumpy physique, and it is a much rarer find than the grey seal, which is another species of seal native to the Finnish coast line. The Baltic ringed seal is classified as vulnerable, which is why WWF is working hard to protect it.
© Mervi Kunnasranta / WWF© Mervi Kunnasranta / WWF
In the beginning of the 20th century there were still hundreds of thousands of Baltic ringed seals in the Baltic Sea. Since then, their populations have declined dramatically due to hunting and environmental pollution. It has been estimated that the current population stands at 20,000 individuals. The populations are especially small and endangered in the Archipelago Sea and the eastern Baltic Sea.
Very little is known about the Baltic ringed seal today. We need more data to be able to protect it more effectively. You can help the Baltic ringed seal too! With this important campaign we are financing concrete research projects:
- Get more reliable data on the size of the population by boats and planes.
- Study the less known populations for example in the Archipelago Sea.
- Find out where the seals roam and how they choose the area they live in.