Photo of the day – Harp Seal
February 08, 2008
Harp Seal, Gulf of St. Lawrence, Canada, 2004
Photograph by Brian Skerry
A young harp seal tests the frigid waters in Canada’s Gulf of St. Lawrence. Once the object of a bitter controversy between sealers and animal-welfare groups, import restrictions on their pelts and Canadian laws protecting seal pups have helped populations of these charismatic sea mammals recover.
(Photo shot on assignment for, but not published in, “Harp Seals: The Hunt for Balance,” March, 2004, National Geographic magazine)