This little orange seal has been ostracized by his fellows for being ginger. Also, unfortunately, he is almost blind.
He was found waiting for his mother under a log on Tyuleniy Island in Russia. He was picked up and taken by staff at a dolphinarium to keep him from anymore emotional stress.
Good news though, the seal is doing much better. Now named Nafanya - after a lookalike Soviet cartoon character - the seal was given VIP treatment and has now moved into a plush new home at the country’s leading aquarium.
Poor little guy! Apparently it’s a protein deficiency.
Seal meets girl. Seal falls in love with girl. The end.
If I had an Elephant Seal cuddle buddy, I’d forget all about him…probably.
Could not help myself.
Grey Seal (Halichoerus grypus, meaning “hooked-nosed sea pig”) pup.
The pups are born with a dense, soft silky white fur; at first they are small and shrivelled-looking, but they rapidly fatten up to look like over-filled barrels, from the extremely fat-rich milk they receive from their mothers.
Within a month or so, they shed the pup fur and grow the dense waterproof adult fur, and soon leave for the sea to learn to fish for themselves. In recent years, the number of grey seals has been on the rise in the west and in Canada there have been calls for a seal cull.
Grey seal personalities affect pups
Researchers from the universities of St Andrews and Durham found seal mothers were often unpredictable and adopted a wide variation of mothering styles.
The study shows, for the first time, the extent of personality differences in marine mammals in the wild.
It shows how individual animals have differing behavioural styles, and how they may be limited in their ability to respond to different environments.
Dear Future Husband,
This is where we will have our honeymoon.
The Galapagos by Sarosh Jacob