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Old Mar 21, 2010, 11:52 AM   #1
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Default Seal pup and mom

Harp seals had to have their young close to shore this year because of the limited availability of sea ice making it a rare opportunity for many to get some good seal pup shots. This one is of the pup with it's mom sticking her head out of a blow hole in the ice.
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Old Mar 21, 2010, 11:55 AM   #2
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Very sweet and looks like you did well on the exposure in these tricky conditions.
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Old Mar 21, 2010, 1:01 PM   #3
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I second Mark's comment, excellent work on this!

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Old Mar 21, 2010, 2:47 PM   #4
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thanks for the comments. Here is another seal pup snap!
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Very endearing images. How did you have access to what appears to be a natural habitat?
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gorgeous pics, not many people have the opportunity to be as close to this as you.

nicely captured, the 2nd one is just too darn cute.
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Old Mar 21, 2010, 4:18 PM   #7
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In reply to Jelpee:
All the photos were taken from the shoreline although the more adventurous will get closer jumping on the ice pans. There has been little ice in the Gulf of St. Lawrence this year so seals have to go to wherever there is sea ice. Due to almost continuous westerly winds the only sea ice has blown into the coves and small bays on the northwest coast of Newfoundland. The photo below is of ice jamming into the cove near Flowers Cove. Some seals have even had their pups on the shore or on ice that has blown ashore. People are warned not to get too close as adults will be protective of the very young. I was about 50 to 100 feet away from the seals.
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Old Mar 21, 2010, 4:21 PM   #8
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whoops...here is the photo
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Great pictures .
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Very nice images!
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