The Finnish WWF have placed it under protection in the 2005-10 program. There are only 270 remaining in the wild so I have been so lucky to have seen them close by in their natural habitat.
It seems the UK's seals have been struggling recently as well. A sanctuary in Norfolk is caring for twice the number of creatures than it usually does.
The average number of about 30 seals at this time of year has risen to 60.
Experts fear that stormy weather and higher sea levels mean that many pups are getting separated from their mothers. Caring for the creatures doesn't come cheap, with seal food alone costing around £800 a week.
Some of the pups are really thin and poorly so they are kept inside and bottle fed (below) until they are better.
To get the seals ready for returning to the open sea, they get moved into an outdoor pool where they can get back to the ways of the wild.
The sanctuary has many success stories, with the mammals being returned to the open sea once they have been nursed back to health.
The open plan exhibit allows visitors to enter a world of lush rainforest foliage and waterfalls, and catch flashes of colour from the vast array of beaks, wings, and feathers fluttering on display, with many flying free around their tropical home.
Blackburn Pavilion provides a tranquil home for more than 50 different species of birds. Originally built in 1883 as a Reptile House, this Victorian building has been restored to provide the flocks a place to spread their wings.
Canadian scientists using the trophy rack from a large male moose for a series of acoustic experiments have discovered that the beast's antlers act like natural hearing aids, bouncing sounds - including sweet talk from a potential mate - toward its ears.
The finding, detailed in the latest issue of the European Journal of Wildlife Research, explains the moose's "excellent sense of hearing" - a phenomenon variously attributed to its large ears, their placement on the animal's head, and their unusual shape and flexibility, the study states.
The mammal's antlers appear to serve as "a parabolic reflector of sounds" and "aid in moose communication," conclude University of Guelph biologist George Bubenik and his son Peter Bubenik, a mathematician at Cleveland State University.
Moose inhabit boreal forest and marshland. Males of the enormous species exceed two metres at shoulder height and can weigh as much as 800 kg, with velvety antlers as wide as 1.8 metres from tip to tip.
Olmen Zoo in Antwerp, Belgium is the home for three newcomers: white lion cubs, born last week. White lions are very rare, worldwide there are only 200, all of them in captivity.
The cubs mother Ashanti and dad Apollo have been in Olmen since 2005.
Following a 3-month pregnancy, Ashanti gave birth to 5 cubs but unfortunately 2 of them didn’t survive and initially, things didn’t look bright for the 3 remaining ones either. Apparently Ashanti couldn’t produce enough milk to feed all of them.
Keepers at the zoo decided to take the cubs away from their mother and for the time being they're kept in an incubator.
Well, the story has a happy ending as Petra the black swan and her paddleboat friend are finally parting ways. Zoo director Joerg Adler says she met a live white swan this winter and they are building a nest together.
A documentary "Life After People" tells the story of what would happen to planet earth if the human race were to suddenly disappear?
This program provides an amazing visual journey through the ultimately hypothetical: humans won't be around forever.
It's on the History Channel Easter Sunday at 9 pm GMT.
And staying on the subject, here's something interesting I was reading about: there is a Svalbard Global Seed Vault (above) in Norway.
The mission is to provide a safety net against accidental loss of diversity in traditional genebanks.
While the emphasis is on its possible utility in the event of a major regional or global catastrophe, it will be more frequently accessed when genebanks lose samples due to mismanagement, accident, equipment failures, funding cuts and natural disasters.
For 3,500 years, humankind has attempted to solve the puzzle of pi. In ancient Greece Archimedes worked tirelessly to discover the ratio, uncovering only a few digits of accuracy.
By the time Ludolf van Ceulen died in 1610, he had spent many years of his life tediously calculating pi, resulting in only 35 accurate digits.
In 1873 William Shanks announced he had found 707 digits. Unfortunately, he had made a mistake after the 527th place. The following digits were all wrong.
The most recent attempt, by a Japanese computer scientist in 2002, found 1.24 trillion digits of pi. Some mathematicians believe that if we could only find some pattern in pi, even some hint that there were more fours than sevens, it could lead to a huge breakthrough in our understanding of the universe.
Most days, Moko the bottlenosed dolphin swims playfully with humans at a New Zealand beach.
But this week, it seems, she found a new job. Witnesses described Wednesday how the dolphin swam up to two stranded whales and guided them to safety.
Before Moko arrived, rescue workers had been working for more than an hour to get two pygmy sperm whales, a mother and her calf, back out to sea after they were stranded Monday off Mahia Beach (below), said Conservation Department worker Malcolm Smith.
Unfortunately the whales restranded themselves four times on a sandbar slightly out to sea from the beach, about 300 miles (482 km) northeast of the capital, Wellington. It looked likely they would have to be euthanized to prevent a prolonged death, he said.
"They kept getting disorientated and stranding again, they obviously couldn't find their way back past the sandbar to the sea."
Then Moko cam along, approached the whales and appeared to lead them as they swam 200 yards (182 m) along the beach and through a channel out to the open sea.
"Moko just came flying through the water and pushed in between us and the whales," Juanita Symes, another rescuer said. "She got them to head toward the hill, where the channel is."
Anton van Helden, a marine mammals expert at New Zealand's national museum, Te Papa Tongarewa, said the reports of Moko's rescue were "fantastic" and believable because the dolphins have "a great capacity for altruistic activities."
These included evidence of dolphins protecting people lost at sea, and their playfulness with other animals.
"But it's the first time I've heard of an inter-species refloating technique. I think that's wonderful," said van Helden, who was not involved in the rescue but spoke afterward to Smith.
We're thingking of going to the London gig obviously as it's only up the road in Brixton but when I was looking at the tour list I also noticed they're playing in Spain, in San Pedro del Pinatar .... which is about 5 minute drive from my mum's! How weird.
The Spanish forums are already buzzing with the info as the gig is going to be in a football field and they can fit 5000 "gatos" in there! "Lógicamente es en el campod de fútbol! Se pueden meter unos 5000 gatos!"
The band's first album in 1981 (above) was the first vinyl album I ever bought.
My room was plastered with posters of the band and I swore I would marry the singer Brian Setzer. Well, I did marry a Brian in 1988 but it wasn't him!
I've seen them live only once before, in north London in the 90's and of course managed to be in the loo when they played my favourite song Runaway Boys!