18 December 2012

Five harp seal pups

Photos by: (clockwise from top left) Daisy Gilardini, Doug Allan ARKive, Dr. Wayne Lynch (2 photos) and David Boily
Edited by: Jeniffer Espedido

Harp seals (Pagophilus groenlandicus) are also known as "earless" seals due to their lack of external ear flaps. They are found in polar regions of the Northern Atlantic and parts of the Arctic. It feeds on a variety of crustaceans and open-water fishes during migration, and switch to several varieties of bottom dwelling fishes in summer on the northern grounds. Baby harp seals looks camouflaged in the snow as they have long white fur, that eventually molts and changes to a grayish color when they age.

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