05 Jan '12, 12pm

Green Blog: For Seal Pups on Thin Ice, a Short Childhood

Stewart Cook/International Fund for Animal Welfare A harp seal mother and pup on an unstable ice floe in the Gulf of St. Lawrence in Canada. For a mother harp seal, timing is everything. Pups are born and nursed on seasonal sea ice during a brief window before the spring sun melts the ephemeral nursery. After only 12 days, the mother weans her pups and the family slides into the ocean together. Should the ice melt early, however, the pups will meet an early end, either drowning in the sea or getting crushed by shifting floes. In 2010, nearly 100 percent of eastern Canadian pups perished in this situation. “It’s unclear how populations will acclimate as ice forms farther and farther north,” said David Johnston, a marine scientist at Duke University. “We don’t know if animals will just head north or if they’re tied to a specific place and time.” Dr. Johnston and colleagues f...

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Stewart Cook/International Fund for Animal Welfare A harp seal mother and pup on an unstable ice floe in the Gulf of St. L...

A Short Childhood for Seal Pups on Thin Ice

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Stewart Cook/International Fund for Animal Welfare A harp seal mother and pup on an unstable ice floe in the Gulf of St. L...

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