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Thread subject: Ever see a black and white seal?
Name Date Message
martyc35 01/20/12 04:07 pm This one showed up in Seattle, where no one has ever seen one before. Global warming? LINK
marty
Pam 01/20/12 04:59 pm That's really interesting Marty. Maybe I should look out for that one at Race Rocks - I would love to see it.
PS: The new little Elephant seal born 6 days ago is doing well and visible on the webcam (and my Flickr pages of course).
Melanie 01/20/12 05:25 pm What a beauty, however it came here
vickinish 01/21/12 06:28 pm Reviewed your pictures Pam, enjoyed them immensely. What can be the rationale for the male seal causing the death of the pup so often? Is it not his pup so he wants to replace it by mating with the mother, rather like lions?
Pam 01/22/12 04:53 am Marty: I notified Garry at RR and he has asked all the peeps to be on the lookout for the ringed seal. I read it only comes to land usually to give birth though, spending all its time in the arctic water. It certainly is a beautiful looking animal and has not been photographed many times it seems - not many pictures of it on the net, so it was a real scoop for that woman. Good thing she thought to take a photo before notifying NOAA.



Vickinish: Bertha mated with both Slash and Misery last year, so it could be pup of either. I think poor old Slash is no longer with us. When Bertha has given birth she comes into season and Misery's main aim in life at that stage is to mate with her. He will do anything to get at her which unfortunately includes getting the pup out of the way. However, I think he has settled down and matured from last year and from what I personally have seen he seems more contented to tolerate the presence of the pup. Pup is now one week old and looks pretty good. I think it's a survivor but - fingers crossed !

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