Amourobius ferox

Amourobius ferox
By Peter Byles

Thursday, 7 October 2010

New born seal pup in the daytime

Saturday 3 October
A windy morning on the Deer Park. We saw several seal pups with their
mothers on the first beach south of the headland. One mother had given
birth a few minutes before we arrived - the placenta [larger than a
human placenta] was just next to her, between her and the pup. She
needed to get the pup to move further up towards the top of the beach as
the tide was coming in, and we saw her trying to encourage it. But she
must have been exhausted, the pup was learning how to move and it was a
slow process. After a while, a wave washed over the pup and swept the
placenta away. The pup did get a bit of a move on after that and would
have been safe after a while.

Alison Crowdy

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