In April 2011, I once again arrived on the Farallon National Wildlife Refuge to start another season of seabird research working with PRBO Conservation Science. In my seventh and perhaps last season, I decided to start a photo a day challenge for myself. The challenge is to share a new and interesting photo for each day I am on the island this year.
I found this little Harbor Seal pup (genus is Phoca) in hanging out next to an Elephant Seal in one of the gulches this morning. The Elephant Seal gives some sense of scale so you can see how tiny this little guy is. Harbor Seals pups are quite independent when they are young. They are frequently seen swimming and hauled out alone, without their mother, quite soon after they are born. But somehow they still manage to find mom again for their essential nourishment.