|Copyright: Ray Anderson (windbum) (31)|
|Date Taken: 2008-11|
|Camera: Sigma SD14|
|Photo Version: Original Version|
|Date Submitted: 2008-12-27 5:41|
|[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note|
|A face only a mother could love, a Northern Elephant Seal pup. They also recognize their mother's voice even in a crowded rookery. They nurse after birth for almost a month, gaining an average of 10 pounds per day.|
The Northern Elephant Seals were hunted almost to extinction for their blubber. By 1892 less than 100 existed, clustered near Guadalupe Island, Baja, California. Fortunately the new oil found under the ground saved the last of their species, plus the difficulty in finding the last of them.
Today they are protected along the U.S. coast and have made a dramatic comeback. This guy was within a large rookery located at Piedras Blancas, just north of San Simeon, along Highway 1, California.
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