Harp Seal, "Pagophilus groenlandicus"
Harp Seal, "Pagophilus groenlandicus"

“Adorable”
Limited Edition of 195 | Artist Proof 25

This “Adorable” newborn Harp seal pup has yellow fur, due to staining from the mother’s amniotic fluid, for the first two days of life. The pups are 80 to 85cm (32 to 34in) in length and weigh between 10 to 11kg (22 to 24lb). Within 3 to 4 days, the fur turns fluffy and white. Harp seal milk is 10 times richer than cow’s milk, containing up to 48% fat. As a result, the pups triple their weight, gaining over 2kg (4.5lb) per day over the 12 day nursing period. Weaning is abrupt; the mother simply abandons her pup and never comes back.

SKU Number: 293845

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Technical Details

  • Camera: NIKON D2Xs
  • Taken: March 4, 2009
  • Focal length: 105mm
  • Aperture: f/11
  • Exposure: 1/500 second
  • ISO: 100