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Juvenile southern elephant seal (Mirounga leonina). Once weaned, at around three weeks old, the mother abandons her offspring and returns to the sea. The young remains on the beach for 3 to 8 weeks, before heading out to sea in a small group to teach itself to feed. The southern elephant seal spends most of its life at sea, in the waters around the Antarctic, coming ashore to moult, mate and give birth. Photographed at Carcass Island, the Falkland Islands.
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