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May 19, 2022

Weddell seal pup and mother

A Weddell seal pup (right) with its mother (left) in a breathing hole in the Antarctic ice.

[This photo was taken in McMurdo Sound during field work studying early development of thermoregulation and diving physiology of Weddell seal pups, supported by U.S. National Science Foundation grant OPP 1543539.]

Learn more in the NSF Research News story To cut costs, Weddell seal pups keep swimming when trading in their fluff. (Date image taken: Dec. 6, 2017; date originally posted to NSF Multimedia Gallery: May 19, 2022)

Credit: Linnea Pearson (NMFS permit #21006-01, ACA permit #2018-013 M1)


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