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No Way Out. The fate of the Caspian seal may have been decided five million years ago

The Caspian seal (Pusa caspica), a member of the family Phocidae and the smallest of earless seals, is the only marine mammal in the Caspian Sea. It is one of three hundred endemic species in this closed ecosystem. As a result of pollution, hunting, mechanized fishing, disease, and growing human disturbances, the Caspian seal is an endangered species.