The Elephant Seal harem
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The Elephant Seal harem at KEP is a busy place in October. Almost all the pups are born this month, and they feed voraciously for just three weeks before they are weaned and abandoned by their mothers. The females are mated before they leave, there is little romance in Elephant Seal lovemaking! Sadly there is always a pup or two that does not survive, but nothing is wasted and the Giant Petrels exhibit extraordinary behaviour when guarding a meal. Watch out for the cheeky female that bites a huge bull seal. Attached to the South Georgia newsletter on www.sgisland.gs