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Grey seal, mother and child This baby seal is two days old and sleeping after drinking milk. The milk of a seal is as fatty as butter. This is neccesary to give the pup the layer of fat that is needed to survive in the cold. The blood stains around the mouth of the mother are from after giving birth when she cleaned the newborn. Geotagged,Grey seal,Halichoerus grypus,Netherlands Click/tap to enlarge

Grey seal, mother and child

This baby seal is two days old and sleeping after drinking milk. The milk of a seal is as fatty as butter. This is neccesary to give the pup the layer of fat that is needed to survive in the cold. The blood stains around the mouth of the mother are from after giving birth when she cleaned the newborn.

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  1. What a lovely scene, wonderful! Posted 4 years ago
  2. A touching scene. Posted 4 years ago

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The grey seal is found on both shores of the North Atlantic Ocean. It is a large seal of the family Phocidae or "true seals". It is the only species classified in the genus ''Halichoerus''. Its name is spelled gray seal in the US; it is also known as Atlantic grey seal and the horsehead seal.

Similar species: Carnivorans
Species identified by Engelbert
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By Engelbert

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Uploaded Jan 10, 2015. Captured Dec 26, 2014 11:31 in Fortweg 10, 8899 CC Vlieland, Netherlands.
  • Canon EOS 1200D
  • f/6.3
  • 1/1579s
  • ISO400
  • 200mm