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Beach Babies

July 6, 2015

Beach Babies

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Claudio Campagna, B.J. Le Boeuf Claudio Campagna, B.J. Le Boeuf

What is this? A nursery for sea lion pups? A day care center? No, this is more like a “no-care center”.

The South American sea lion mothers give birth, nurse their pups for a few days, then go to sea to feed for a few days, and then return to nurse their pups. This pattern is repeated for a few months until the pups are weaned.

When the mothers go to sea, the pups gather together in groups like the one shown in this photo. When a sated mother returns to the rookery she calls for her pup and quickly identifies it from the rest of the hungry babies.

Then, she feeds her pup.

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