Dolphinaria and seaquaria are quite common. You can find them in many parts of the world, but you won’t meet a nerpinarium in any other place but
There are two permanent actors in the nerpinarium – Nessy and Tito. Two months ago the artistic talent was opened in Tito. Some of his pictures can be seen on the walls of the nerpinarium. People identify dolphins and fish on them. The staff members plan to hold an exhibit of his works, one picture has been already bought at the auction and now it adorns the walls of some flat.
Recently two young seals, Kaplya (drop) and Winnie, joined the cast. They are just one year old. The staff workers of the nerpinarium took Kaplya and Winnie from hunters. Their parents had been killed, so small nerpas wouldn’t have survived. Despite the fact that Kaplya and Winnie are just beginners, they already take part in performances with pleasure.
They are so charming that you just fall in love with these plumpy softlings.
The seal population is estimated at 100,000 animals. They are distributed all over the lake, especially in northern and middle Baikal. The full-grown animals are 1.6 m long, 130 kg in weight. Seals reach adulthood as age of 4-6 years and are able to give birth to the young over 30 years of age.
It’s believed that the nerpa appeared in Baikal two million years ago. There is an opinion that the seal had come into Baikal from the Arctic Ocean through the
Now nowhere in the world you would find such a long living seal. Female animals live up to 56 tears, males up to 54. This cannot be compared to the average life expectancy of sea seals which is from 18 to 31 years only. The nerpa can stay deep in water for a long time up to 70 minutes. It’s due to the fact that their blood contains special substance close to human hemoglobin that can bind up more oxygen. It’s believed that they sleep under water, especially in winter when it’s colder outside than in water. The nerpa has a large eyeball. Not all Pinnipedia have such eyes. It means that they have very good eyesight. Indeed, the nerpa can see fish at night at the depth of
In wintertime when the lake is covered by thick layer of ice, the seal makes breath-throughs or holes in the ice by its sharp claws. Nearby in a snowy den the cow gives birth to one or rarely 2 seal calves. The weight of the young is close to the one of a human newly born child about 4 kilos. At first, they are of yellow-green color close to white. It is their protective coloration, as the young are usually born in winter. Soon they acquire a noble silver-grey tint of color.