According to the public relations report of the Caspian Conservation Center, Amir Sayad Shirazi, the director of the center, announced the discovery of a one-year-old male seal on the southern shores of the Caspian Sea and the Golestan region.
The director of the Caspian Seal Protection Center said: “On Thursday, April 30, a call was made to find a seal on the eastern shores of the Caspian Sea with the Central Seal Conservation Center.” The seal fell on a fishing net off the coast of Gomishan in Golestan province, where we found ourselves and received the seal from the fishermen. This male seal is almost a year old, and as usual, we asked the fisherman who saved the seal to choose a name for him, which eventually became the name of ERFAN for the seal.
Sayad Shirazi continued: “ERFAN probably had an accident before getting caught in the fishermen’s net and, for example, it hit a sharp object and the entry of environmental pollutants had caused an infection and an abscess on the right side of his body.” The presence of this abscess, which is usually painful, made it impossible for the seal to swim and hunt well, and it became weak. The center’s rescue team immediately transferred Erfan to the center, evacuated and disinfected the abscess, and treatment began. We are trying to completely remove the infection from his body and compensate for his weakness with food and booster medications. However, it should be noted that just by injuring and cutting the animal’s body, it can provide the conditions for the infection to enter its body.
The Caspian Seal Conservation Center estimates the animal’s daily health so that it can be released into the sea if its conditions are favorable and it can be released. The presence of seals in the closed environment and captivity brings a lot of stress for them. Therefore, the center’s effort is to speed up the healing process, and ERFAN will soon return to its original place of residence.
Of course, this season is not usually the season for the presence of seals in our region, but this shows that immature seals that do not need to migrate to reproduce remain in the same area and do not travel north to the Caspian Sea. The fisherman did not intend to throw the seal, and only due to an accident and possibly the fatigue and weakness of this seal, did he get stuck in the net. If fishermen are not careful, the seals caught in the net may no longer be able to reach the surface and drown. We always say that we can’t support this beautiful animal without the help of fishermen, and I hope that such cooperation will continue as usual.
The main season for the presence of seals on the Iranian shores is autumn, because the population of fish migrates to Iran, and seals enter our coastal area in search of food. Basically, the seals that are present on the southern shores of the Caspian Sea and on the shores of Iran this season are either immature or so old that they are not able to migrate for a long time and live in one area. Of course, there is a possibility for the presence of a seal such as mysticism on the shores of Iran this season that the birth of this beautiful creature took place on the shores of Iran or Turkmenistan (this has happened before), but basically the southern shores of the Caspian Sea. It is not known and the best area for their births is the northern shores of the Caspian Sea and where the sea surface freezes.
However, insecurities such as the presence of ships in the area have led to the birth of seals on the southern shores of the Caspian Sea. However, this can be dangerous for them, because due to the whiteness of the seals at the time of birth of their offspring, where the sea level is frozen, they have a better chance of camouflage and increase their chances of survival and non-prey. If mysticism was born on the southern shores of the Caspian Sea, it was really auspicious that it passed the neonatal stage and was able to reach the age of one.