Weddell Seal (Leptonychotes wedelli) pup with motherBack to gallery Back to Weddell thumbnails Next Previous
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