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.
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.