Two pups nurse on an elephant seal mother. In spite of the fact that a female only has enough milk to successfully nurse a single pup to weaning, abandoned pups may try to nurse and the inexperienced mothers may not understand that both pups are doomed. Winter, Central California, Mirounga angustirostris, California (E. Pacific Ocean)


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Image ID: 0017872-PCO.jpg

Northern Elephant Seal, Mirounga angustirostris

Two pups nurse on an elephant seal mother. In spite of the fact that a female only has enough milk to successfully nurse a single pup to weaning, abandoned pups may try to nurse and the inexperienced mothers may not understand that both pups are doomed. Winter, Central California, Mirounga angustirostris, California (E. Pacific Ocean)
Credit to: Blue Planet Archive / Phillip Colla

Image dimensions: 5400x3600

URL for this image: https://pictures.blueplanetarchive.com/image/I0000zEIlGQFy0Q0