Footage of elephant seal pups nursing, and more

by on January 08, 2013

 
A face only a mother could love? Photo: David Cruz.
 

 
 

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As a follow up to our recent story on the debauchery of the elephant seal breeding at Ano Nuevo State Reserve, we figure you can never get too much on elephant seals at this time of year, can you?

The first crop of pups have been born and are now busy growing and gaining weight as they nurse from their mothers — a good sign that the world is as it should be for these blubbery beasts.

Nature photographer David Cruz sent in these amazing pics and a video of nursing pups from his recent trip out to the reserve.

Mama time. Photo: David Cruz.
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Mama time. Photo: David Cruz.
The blubbery masses. Photo: David Cruz.
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The blubbery masses. Photo: David Cruz.
Latching on. Photo: David Cruz.
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Latching on. Photo: David Cruz.
I am alpha hear me roar. Photo: David Cruz.
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I am alpha hear me roar. Photo: David Cruz.
A face only a mother could love? Photo: David Cruz.
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A face only a mother could love? Photo: David Cruz.
Littlest member of the tribe. Photo: David Cruz.
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Littlest member of the tribe. Photo: David Cruz.
Defending his turf. Photo: David Cruz.
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Defending his turf. Photo: David Cruz.
He hearts her. Photo: David Cruz.
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He hearts her. Photo: David Cruz.

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