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March 3
02-MAR-2009 Walter O. Koenig

March 3

Pupping Season
This harbor seal pup was born about February 14. Newborn they weigh about 32lbs / 16kg and are able to swim and dive within hours of birth. They grow quickly on their mothers' milk doubling in weight by the time they are weaned after three or four weeks.
Females will only mate with the strongest males and have single pups. A full grown harbor seal can attain a weight of 290 lbs. / 132 kg. Females outlive males (30-35 years versus 20-25 years).


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Barbara Dorota Karpowicz31-Jan-2010 05:35
Beautiful!!!
Richard Doody30-May-2009 02:04
And now some curmudgeon wants to clear the seals from the LaJolla Cove!
Inga Morozoff21-Mar-2009 21:12
At least the pups down there don't have to worry about getting clubbed to death by Canadian seal hunters. ;-(
carol j. phipps08-Mar-2009 02:04
Ah! Sweet capture!
Kevin Chester04-Mar-2009 21:18
A great picture of motherhood. We have these in Northern England this time of year but they take a beating off the cruel North Seas and look a bit battered this time of year. These two have it lucky :-)
LeeG03-Mar-2009 18:03
Come on mom, wake up, lets go for another swim!
What a sweet scene and nice capture of the seals. ~V~
Monique Laguë03-Mar-2009 17:33
Very well composed.
Thamks for the informations.
Gérard Koehl03-Mar-2009 17:01
Wow... magnifique. On voit très rarement un petit. V
globalgadabout03-Mar-2009 16:29
endearing scene...baby still has energy while mum would rather rest...V
María Cano03-Mar-2009 16:06
Oh, oh, oh Walter, so cute!! I like this one .. Where did you take it? -V-
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