Elephant seal pups are born in the
Antarctic spring. Like many Antarctic seal pups, they stay with their
mother increasing rapidly in weight while the mother gets progressively
thinner. Eventually the mother has to feed and teach the pup how to
feed too, by which time the pup is quite large and well developed.
The pups are very dark at birth and have
quite delicate flippers with long elegant nails that they scratch themselves
with quite precisely.
Weddell seal pups are like big mobile
unstuffed pyjama cases with the personality of a reckless 4 year old.
Fur seal pups are like small terrier puppies, bouncy and bold. Elephant
seal pups on the other hand are like little old men, very precise and
somewhat gnome-like, a stage that they grow out quite rapidly as they
become teenagers (in elephant seal years that is).
Photo; © Paul Ward - Pentax equipment,
100mm lens, 35mm film, K64.
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