Saimaa ringed seal tissue bank

Saimaa ringed seal tissue bank is maintained by Department of Environmental and Biological Sciences, University of Eastern Finland. Tissue samples collected from Saimaa ringed seals found dead are deposited for current and future research and educational needs. The earliest samples are from the 1970s. Currently, the tissue bank database contains samples (muscle, blubber, liver, kidney, baculum, skin, skull and/or hair) of over 600 Saimaa ringed seals. In addition, skulls of Saimaa ringed seals are conserved by UEF.