Monday, September 30, 2013

And so it begins; the "AWWWWW!" has arrived

The weather has been schizophrenically alternating between "Do NOT go outside" and "Do NOT stay inside!" all week, and yesterday a pack of us took advantage of a beautiful day to wander into the backyard behind station, in search of something specific.


It didn't take us long to spot it; a mother Weddell seal, and her week-old pup.

The pup is fine; that's the remnants of the umbilical cord.

This gave me a chance to break out my newest toy, my Canon 100-400mm zoom lens.  It allowed me to take nice close photos while still remaining quite a long distance away.

JUST LOOK AT THAT FACE!!!  :D
We've been keeping track of this guy's progress with telescopes and binoculars; even in the week he's been born, it's amazing how quickly he's grown and how much smaller mom has gotten.  It's almost like she's deflating, and he's inflating.

5 comments:

Jason said...

AWWWWWWWWWWWWWW, so cute!

Unknown said...

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Ellen said...

Oh man, soooooo fuzzy!

Kathryn said...

Amazing!

Fabrizio said...

Those are some great photos. The blue tones of the ice sent me 'awww-ing' as much as the seal pup did!