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@Regrann from @natgeotravel - Photo by @FransLanting Happy days are back again for elephant seals on South Georgia. After the island’s massive populations of marine mammals were discovered by sealers, a slaughter began that led to the killing of millions of fur seals and elephant seals, which continued into the 20th century. But today all seals are protected, and elephant seals blanket the beaches in enormous numbers again. This young elephant seal is a “weaner.” It’s been pumped full of fatty milk by its mother for a month, and now it’s gaining strength by splashing around in shallow water before it heads offshore into the rich waters of the Southern Ocean. We are grateful for the seal recovery and hope that it can inspire the next level of protection for wildlife in the Southern Ocean. Follow me @FransLanting to see how many elephant seals and king penguins can be seen together on one beach.
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