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Photo by @DaisyGilardini // Harp seal pups are born on sea ice from late February to March. At birth, they are covered in a beautiful white coat which will last for only a couple of weeks. After that, dark waterproof hair will grow in. A third moult will occur in a little more than a year. Pups are skinny at birth, weighing only around 10/12 kilograms. Insulation from the elements is provided by their warm white coat rather than fat, at this early stage of their lives. The mother will stay and nurse the pup for a period of 12 days, short by mammal standards. The super-fat milk provided will allow them to gain 2 kg of blubber a day. Once weaned, at around 40 kg, the pups will stay on the ice for roughly another six weeks before entering the water and learning how to hunt by themselves.
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