Touching scenes of baby elephant seals and their attentive moms - one of the highlights of South Georgia coastline in October. They are great fun to observe and photograph.
After giving birth the mother will then move around to face her baby, vocalize with it (they bond vocally) and defend it from birds. Giant Petrels, Skuas and other birds do a quick cleanup of the afterbirth in a feeding frenzy, much to the mother's annoyance as she didn't want them anywhere near her newborn. However, their role is vital in keeping the beach clean.
Each newborn weighs around 75 pounds — but not for long. The pups get right to work drinking their mothers’ milk. The milk is super-rich and full of fat. In less than a month, a pup can balloon to 300 pounds, putting on a bulky layer of blubber.