Friday, August 01, 2008

Grumpy Old Men

December, 2007
Newborn southern elephant seal pups on the beach at President Head on Snow Island in the South Shetland Island Group, Antarctica. Newborns exhibit a dark brown "lanugo" coat for about three weeks, which is then replaced by a silver-grey coat.

With their huge, expressive, and dark eyes and their natural curiosity these pups are absolutely a joy to photograph.

Who couldn't love the playful nature and child-like wonder of these pups?

Stretching out on the beach who could know that these cute and cuddly elephant seals will grow into the largest pinnipeds on the planet (even surpassing walrus in size and weight)?

Morphing from beauty to beast an adult male will attain a length of 21 feet and a weight of more than 8,000 lbs! A remarkable diver, adult males have been recorded to depths of 4600 feet with almost 2 hour times submerged.

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