May 11, 2014

Hugging the Ice

Photograph by David Doubilet and Jennifer Hayes, National Geographic

In a picture that appears in the May 2014 issue of National Geographic magazine, a lone harp seal hugs thinning ice near the Madeleine Islands in the Gulf of St. Lawrence. Pups spend their first month on an ice floe, a precarious nursery as ice shrinks in the gulf.

See more pictures from the May 2014 feature story "The Generous Gulf."

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18 comments
Gerald Graham
Gerald Graham

I'm Canadian, and this is the first time I've heard the Magdalen Islands referred to as the "Madeleine Islands".

Sandra Hickman
Sandra Hickman

It looks so vast and empty. Devoid of life other than the poor seal. Chilling feeling. Great shot.

Janice H.
Janice H.

Ohh, scary,....... sad, poor little seal.         What a traumatic way to begin one's life!           Dramatic, frightening blue world to be lost in.         Beautiful and poignant.

Troy LeBlanc
Troy LeBlanc

Beautiful Photo. Not sad - way of life.  - do we complain about the cow when we are sitting down and having a steak..no... 

Suzy P.
Suzy P.

The 2014 quota will allow for the harvest of up to 400,000 harp seals. This killing continues...so sad.

Joy Saldanha
Joy Saldanha

I like it, but I dont !   j.e.s.........

Lesley M.
Lesley M.

Brrrrrrrrrrr!  Can feel the cold from here!!  Great shot!

Lawrence Sibley
Lawrence Sibley

The wide angle of this photo really contributes to the impression of the precarious isolation of that harp seal, and the indigo clouds above the horizon look ominously dark and foreboding.  I'm guessing the circle of purple light on the ice flows around the seal is perhaps from a search light, on a helicopter perhaps, or maybe an ice breaker ship.


This photo makes a striking impression.

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