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CHEERS FOR THE REDISCOVERY OF "KASAGEA" - A FRESHWATER SEAL

Once a disputed subspecies of harbor seals, the Ungava Seal ("kasagea" in Inuit), has been definitively rediscovered in the Lac des Loups Marins ("Seal Lakes") region of northern Quebec. Canadian environment adventurer Conor Mihell, after a challenging voyage by canoe managed to find and photograph this extremely rare animal in its native freshwater habitat.
CONOR MIHELL KASAGEA
[ Photo courtesy Conor Mihell ]
 
As his article movingly describes in the March/April Sierra magazine, he and his team documented the location, behavior, and characteristics of Phoca vitulina mellonae. His findings were guided by the writings of mid-20th century Carnegie Museum biologists Doutt and Twomey, and are supported by the exhaustive treatment of the subspecies by Richard John Smith, whose 1999 thesis at Guelph University demonstrated its genetic and geographic uniqueness.
 
Those well-aquainted with harbor seals around the world will immediately recognize that a long-lost inland cousin to our familiar coastal marine dweller has been found again.