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Capture d’écran 2022-05-17 à 17.47.32

The Big Freeze| Ep.5 Wildlife «The Harp seal's Race Against Time» by Bertie Gregory | National Geographic

They talk about us

We head away from land onto the ice floes of the Gulf of St. Lawrence, where thousands of harp seals are giving birth to tiny yellow pups. The adults have come so far south from their feeding grounds that this forms a unique oasis away from their main predator, the polar bear. But there’s a catch. From the minute the pups are born, they enter a race against time. In one of the shortest mammal weaning periods, the pups have just 10 days to drink all the milk possible and start swimming before their mothers abandon them on melting ice.

Our changing climate means the stakes couldn’t be higher. If the ice melts before they learn to swim, this generation of pups will drown.