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All Beefed Up
Photograph by Brian Skerry

After a couple of weeks of nursing, this pup has become plump enough to stay warm in the water. At this stage it's known as a ragged jacket, its white fur molting away to reveal a gray coat. In a defensive posture, the animal pulls its head in as the photographer draws near. "They freeze up and sort of play possum, an antipredator thing," says researcher Mike Hammill. "You can roll them across the ice like a hot dog."

Photo Fast Facts

Camera: Nikon F5
Film Type: Fujichrome Velvia
Lens: 17-35mm
Speed and F-Stop: 1/80 @ f/11
Weather Conditions: Sunny
Time of Day: 11 a.m.
Lighting Techniques: Natural light


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