Newly born Weddell seal pups have
to be some of the worlds cutest creatures as they flop about the
ice in the early days after their birth, not able to co-ordinate
their over-sized flippers before they grow into them.
The mother arrives pregnant and with
enough resources of blubber and protein to double the 25kg (55lb)
birth weight of a pup in 10 days. She doesn't feed for about the
first month and goes from an extremely plump barrel shape just before
she gives birth to a skinny shadow of her former self with ribs
visible while the pup reverses the process.
Photo; © Paul Ward - Pentax equipment,
100mm lens, 35mm film, K64.
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