21st Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest Natural World
Mother leopard seal nursing her pup

A mother leopard seal nurses her new-born pup on the sea ice on a cloudy day in Antarctica. Observing this behavior for this species requires to reach very remote places of Antarctica, in the thick pack ice where female leopard seals give birth, in the beginning of the month of November.

Photo Detail
Date Taken: 11.2021
Date Uploaded: 11.2023
Photo Location: Antarctica
Camera: ILCE-7M3
Copyright: © Laura Jourdan