On the way back, when we stopped again, most of the babies were born, everywhere were moms, flinging sand over top of themselves and the babies, to keep cool, it was already a hot day, the babies are black when born, and have to be protected from the sun, they nurse for four weeks, and gain weight very rapidly, the milk is 60% fat, and the babies weight has quadrupled in four weeks, while the mom has lost twice as much as the baby has gained.During the fourth week, the moms go into estrus,and mate several times and then wean the pup and head out to sea, that is the end of family life!!!

Mom,protecting her baby.

Mom,protecting her baby.

This female has not given birth yet, and the seagulls hang around, to clean up after the birth.

This female has not given birth yet, and the seagulls hang around, to clean up after the birth.

Not a pretty boy.....

Not a pretty boy…..

Mom with one day old baby.

Mom with one day old baby.

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