Meet The Adorable Baby Harbor Seal Born At La Jolla, CA

Seals share a common ancestor with dogs and bears and have upper and lower arms and legs concealed within their skin. Only their hands and feet extend outside the body envelope.

Seals have large eyes to see in dark, deep water. They have long necks, which they can shoot out quickly to catch fish while swimming.

Seals can live in fresh or saltwater; they usually spend their entire lives in an area of about five miles.

Baby seals are born weighing about 25 pounds. They double their weight in the first month; their mother’s milk is 40 percent fat. A mother leaves its pup after the first month to finish growing and fend for itself. Mothers do not teach pups to hunt; they learn on their own.

Seals dive for three minutes at a time typically, but they can stay under water as long as 30 minutes and dive as deep as 600 feet.

Unlike humans, harbor seals breathe out before diving. They use oxygen already in their blood and muscles while under water, and their heartbeat slows from about 100 beats per minute to 10.


Responses to "Baby Harbor Seal Birth (Video)"

  1. Unknown says:

    That was awesome video!!

  2. Debbie says:

    AMAZING!!! :-)

  3. The miracle of birth is awesome. Bet momma could've done without the pesky "midwife"! LOL.

  4. Anonymous says:

    That pesky gull just wouldn't give the mother any peace! Mother Nature is amazing! God's creation...

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