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How many pups do you see? | by Pat Ulrich
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How many pups do you see?

The density of elephant seals is pretty interesting. Here you can see a group of mothers with their pups (the cute little black ones) together on the beach. They more or less stay about one biting distance away from each other, and we saw a few arguments break out between females that got too close to another one's pup (see the top-right corner of the frame). Likely there would be one beachmaster bull that has control of this harem, although other bulls will stay around the edges to take advantage of an opportunity, should it arise.



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Taken on January 11, 2010