Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Saippa : saimaannorppa = The Saimaa ringed seal

Sari Kanala 2015
English text: Erja Mononen
gouaches by Daga Ulv
photographs by Juha Taskinen

As the title reveals, the main character is Saippa, the Saimaa ringed seal. The book tells the how Saippa lives his/her first year at Saimaa.

The book is illustrated with gouaches as well as photographs and the texts are both in Finnish and in English.

Mama seal giving birth
The story starts when Mama Saimaa ringed seal gives birth to her cub in a pile of snow.  Obviously there are no photos of that, but the illustration is charming.

At the end of the book is more information about the other seals living in Finland. And the facts are checked by the ringed seal scientists.

Seals on Saimaa.
Maybe I am a bit  fixated with the ringed seals.  Earlier this year I blogged about another seal. But it is easy. They are so cute and adorable. It seams that the less attractive endangered species do not get such attention. It is a cruel world.


  1. Check out the new live feed from a islet that the ringed seals like to hang out. Notice they may not be there all the time

  2. This years norppa live can be found at

  3. Hi, Do you know if this book and the other one about the ringed seal can be found, ordered somewhere? Thank you :)

    1. Sorry for the late reply. At the moment you can find it at Finnish Luontokauppa:

      and at Booky as a activity book.