Newborn harbor seal pup is protected by its mother from a seagull. The seagull most likely wants to feed on the placenta, which is still attached to the mother, but it may also peck at and injure the pup. The seal mother does a good job of keeping birds off its newborn pup. Within an hour of being born, this pup had learned to nurse and had entered the ocean for its first swim.
Species: Pacific harbor seal, Phoca vitulina richardsi
Location: La Jolla, California
Image ID: 39119