On August 22, in Makhachkala, on the city beach, the ecological action “Save the Caspian seal” was held. The event, organized by Ecolife Veterinary Center for Animal Protection with the assistance of Caspian Nature Conservation Centre, was attended by schoolchildren, students, representatives of public organizations, guests and caring residents of the capital. The main goal of the action was to draw public attention to the acute problem of the mass mortality of Caspian seals, the reduction in number of the only marine mammal in the Caspian, listed in the Red Book of Russia.
Victoria Shevtsova, Head of the veterinary centre, spoke about the assistance provided by their organization to homeless and wild animals. The representative of Ecolife Jamila Jakhparaeva spoke about International Movement to Save Caspian seals, talked about how to behave correctly when a seal is found on the seashore. Zoya A. Aliyeva, a biology teacher at Makhachkala’s secondary school No. 12, Head of School Environmental Movement, urged participants to pay attention to the problems of the Caspian Sea and the Caspian seal, talked about this marine mammal, its life and behaviour, and why seals were completely dependent on the state of the Caspian ecosystem.
After the performances on the beach, an impromptu art workshop was set up. Participants of the action drew Caspian seals; children were offered to do face aqua painting.
Songs were performed by schoolchildren and students, and the famous singer Denis Fedorenko also performed. Ecolife volunteers handed out leaflets dedicated to the Caspian seal.
Sponsorship of the action was provided by Lenie ‘t Hart, Director of Lenie ‘t Hart Seal Foundation in the Netherlands. Lenie has been rescuing seals around the world for decades. She has come to Dagestan for several times to take part in such environmental and educational events. Thanks to her ardent desire and efforts, the Caspian seal was inscribed into the Red Book of the Russian Federation.
Information provided by Caspian Nature Conservation Centre.
In the poster: a Caspian seal entangled in fishing net. Photo by Mirgaliy T. Baimukanov, Director of the Institute of Hydrobiology and Ecology (Kazakhstan).