In this photo taken in Australia in September 2015 is seen a seal surfing on the back of a humpback whale. Scientists are not sure what happens after this unusual behavior. It’s possible the seal is just having a good time, says Michael Napier, an animal expert at the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine.
Dive into the World of the #harpseal by@daviddoubilet in #CoralFireIce with @Natgeo live at #Mesa Arts Center Nov 12. Here a #harpseal pup called a #whitecoat as it waits for its mother to return. Pups are born on the sea ice in February in Gulf of st lawrence, nursed for 12-15 days and then abandoned to learn how to be a Harp seal on their own, how to swim, how to feed, what to eat. Many die in this challenging early stage due to starvation, drowning and weak and crushed ice. [x]
United States—A hundred miles off the southern California coast, near the Cortes Bank, a curious harbor seal peers through a kelp forest. The kelp is a rich habitat for many marine species. The swaying stalks offer seals a fish buffet—and safety from predators.