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Travel Tuesday: baby seal

Do you remember the image I showed you six weeks ago? The image of a new-born seal.

Today, I have another baby for you. But, this one is a ‘bit’ older. It’s born on January 2nd and the photo is taken on January 17th. So, it’s two weeks old. Compare the two images. Gray seals get fed with milk by their mother for only 3 – 4 weeks. Every day their weight rises enormously. They weigh 10 – 15 kg at birth. Every day, the weight increases by 1-2 kg. After that, the mother leaves them alone at the beach. Their fur changes from the soft white to the ticker grey fur, dense enough to swim. The babies can’t go swimming as long as they have their white fur. After changing fur, as an adolescent they are able to go in the water and start learning hunting on their own.

Take care!

 

7 thoughts on “Travel Tuesday: baby seal”

  1. André, did you know? 😉 babies need mother’s milk several times a day, but moms often leave beach and go fishing… meanwhile, babies are looking for their Mom, and the other females do ignore them and even keep them away badly! 😦 … and the little ones always cryin’ until their mom may hear them. I mean, even if hundreds seals babies are grouped on the beach, the mom recognize her babe’s scream instantly! Good News! 😉

    1. Yes, I did. Fortunately, it‘s not the same for humans 😊 we have other ways to recognize our kids, although the human newborns look very similar to each other, too

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