Bearded seal (Erignathus barbatus, “sea hare”)

This fellow was noticed by Alexandra while she was doing her customary inspection of the Kandalaksha Nature Reserve islands measuring Common Eider eggs a couple of days ago.

This is a friendly unhurried curious animal that often emerges from the sea to observe boats, and will hang around for a while if you sing to it. Lots of them in the sea along the eco-trail just east of Kandalaksha but they rarely come ashore around humans.

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