HARP SEAL @jenniferhayesig took this beauriful shot of a harp seal pup sheltering itself from the cold, in Canada's gulf of St Lawrence. These little guys have to earn the award for most photogenic of the animal kingdom! They are so cute, with their puppy dog eyes and fluff for days! Unfortunately, they cant stay that way forever. They have to grow as fast as they can, so, the milk of the mother harp seal is 10 x fatter than cows milk, Newborn pups weigh around 11 kilograms (24 lb) and are 80–85 centimetres (31–33 in) long. After birth, the mother does nothing except feed her pup. During the 12-day nursing period, the mother does not eat, losing up to 3 kilograms (7 lb) per day. During this time, the juvenile's "greycoat" grows in beneath the white neonatal coat, and it weighs 80 pounds (36 kg). Weaning is abrupt; the mother turns from nursing to promiscuous mating, leaving the pup behind on the ice.
Every year, when the time is "right" (as soon as the ice conditions permit and the seal pups start shedding their fuzzy white coats), a few hundred to a few thousand Canadian fishermen (almost all of European descent and most living in Newfoundland and the Magdalen Islands of Quebec), find their way to the floes and proceed to club, bludgeon, shoot, and skin tens to hundreds of thousands of harp seals. About 95% of the seals killed in the commercial seal 'hunt' are 3 weeks to 3 months old. So that's what I want to spread today more than anything, please don't buy into a seal fur brand. Make sure you are buying ethically.
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