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Photograph by Brian Skerry

A mother nudges her pup back onto the ice after the baby takes an unplanned plunge. "This is about as much as a female can do," says harp seal researcher Mike Hammill, referring to the work of helping a flailing offspring out of the water after brittle ice gives way. With more pups entering the water too early, Hammill expects higher rates of pup mortality.

Photo Fast Facts

Camera: Nikon F5
Film Type: Fujichrome Provia 400F
Lens: 80-400mm
Speed and F-Stop: 1/125 @ f/5.6
Weather Conditions: Overcast, cold, and slightly snowing
Time of Day: 4 p.m.
Lighting Techniques: Natural light


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