Mass Seal Deaths Reported in Lake Baikal

MOSCOW

Siberian authorities are investigating the mysterious deaths of more than one hundred seals at Russia’s Lake Baikal, the world’s largest freshwater lake. Alexei Kalinin, an attorney at the West Baikal Environmental Prosecutor’s Office, said the samples would be sent to a lab in Irkutsk to establish whether a virus was to blame. The analysis will determine if they fell victim to the same disease that killed thousands of nerpas in the late 1980s.

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