The Caspian Seal (Pusa caspica) is an earless, finned semi-aquatic marine mammal in the pinniped family. It does have ear-holes, but the ears have no visible ear flaps.
The Caspian Seal has light-brown to dark-brown short fur, short black-grey flippers with thin webbing and claws on each small toe. On land, its body seems bulky, but in water, it swims quickly and easily. It has a creamy-buff underbelly. It has almond-shaped dark eyes, a flattened head, and a round nose with white whiskers.
It measures about 126-129 centimetres (49-51 inches) in length.
The Caspian Seal is only found in the Caspian Sea. It is found in brackish water, which is partly salty water. It prefers the coastline and rocky areas inland.
In winter, it migrates a short distance from the Northern Caspian to the warmer waters of the southern part of the Caspian Sea.
It is a shallow diver. It is piscivorous, which means that it mainly eats fish. It eats 2-3 kilograms of fish each day. It also eats crustaceans, such as shrimp and crabs.
It lives in large colonies, but is can also be solitary. The female is pregnant for 11 months, before giving birth to one young, called a pup. The pup becomes fully grown by 6-7 years of age.
The Caspian Seal lives, on average, for 30-40 years.
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