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Caspian Seal

Once thought to have numbered more than a million, the Caspian seal population has dropped by about 90 percent over the past hundred years, earning it a shift from "vulnerable" to "endangered" on the 2008 Red List, released in October.

The seal lives in the Caspian Sea, an enclosed body of water that borders Eastern Europe, Asia, and the Middle East. The species has been affected by disease, increasing pollution, and accidental deaths due to fishing nets.
—Photograph by Simon Goodman/University of Leeds/Caspian International Seal Survey/courtesy IUCN
 
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