Close-up Footage Of An Adorable Baby Harp Seal

Photograph by Norbert Rosing

It both staggers and infuriates me that these adorable baby animals are still hunted for their fur! But sadly baby Harp seals are famous for their snowy white coats & this fluffy fur comes highly valued and has brought many hunters to the Newfoundland breeding grounds for two centuries. Over the past few decades, these grounds have staged the scene of human conflicts between furious animal rights activists, environmentalists and the sealers. Thankfully, modern hunts are regulated better than in past years, but sadly to this day these adorable harp seals remain commercially, the most sought after seal with hundreds of thousands killed each year.

Harp seals spend relatively little time on land and prefer to swim in the . They are great swimmers and cruise the chilly waters of the North Atlantic and Arctic Oceans, feeding on fish and crustaceans. They can remain submerged for up to 15 minutes. They can also be referred to as “saddleback seals” because of the dark, saddlelike marking on the back and sides of their bodies.

Both males and females return each year to their breeding grounds in the Greenland Sea, the White Sea and Newfoundland while the males fight for their mates, battling furiously with their sharp teeth and powerful flippers.

When the mating ends, female harp seals gather in large groups to give birth. baby harp seals are born on the ice their mothers identifying their own offspring from the masses by their unique scents.

What's your take on the hunting of these beautiful animals? Comment below.

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