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"Love Pat"

A mother harbor seal "pats" her new born pup in a display of maternal care.

Fort Bragg, California

 
Seal Facts:

Pinnipeds are divided into two categories: earless seals (true seals) and eared seals (sea lions).

Earless seals like the harbor seal are believed to have descended from a line of terrestrial mammals similar to otters.

Eared seals like the California sea lion are believed to have descended from a bear-like mammal.

 

Love Pat

 
         
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