Antarctic fur seal blonde pup

Antarctic fur seal blonde pup

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Credit: CHARLOTTE MAIN/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Antarctic fur seal (Arctocephalus gazella) pup. This is one of the less common blonde-coated animals. A blonde or white seal lacks pigment in the outer guard hairs of its fur coat. It is not a true albino though, as the eyes and skin are still pigmented. The rate at which blonde seals occur in this seal's main breeding population (South Georgia) is thought to be less than 1 in 900. The female Antarctic fur seal gives birth to a single pup. While she is away hunting, the pup hides among rocks. This female pup was photographed near King Edward Point, South Georgia.

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