Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Mother Seal & Pup, Pacific Grove, 2009.

Mother and baby Harbor seal. Babies stick pretty close to mom for the first few months, growing remarkably fast, putting on blubber from all that milk. A female has one pup every year or two, and teaches the pup to swim, hunt, dive, etc. Pups will often climb on their mother's back for a ride. If another pup tries to approach Mom, she will snarl and snap at the offending tyke, and even bite its tail to drive it away. They can be pretty ferocious.

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