August 3, 2009
Elephant Seal Mother and Pup
Photograph by Yva Momatiuk and John Eastcott
This Month in Photo of the Day: Animals
An elephant seal mother and pup nuzzle to learn each other's smell. Before weaning at about three weeks, the 90-pound (40-kilogram) newborn could triple its weight, while the nursing mother may lose a third.
See more photographs from the November 2008 feature story "Shore Leave."