>Harp Seal Pup on Pack Ice
>Îles de la Madeleine, Gulf of St. Lawrence, Quebec, CANADA
>By Keith Monroe
>"Sink or swim — that's the reality for this and every harp seal pup. Five days on the ice led me to this image of a ‘white-coat' pup peering into an unknown yet crucial part of its life, the open sea. It is instinctual for the pups to swim and dive, but there is apprehension about that first plunge. Newborn harp seals nurse for about three weeks after birth and can gain up to two pounds per day, although they lose much of it in the three weeks that follow, before they enter the water and begin feeding on marine life. I could relate to this pup's hesitant curiosity as I pushed ice crystals away from my camera housing in the below-freezing water."
>Canon EOS 5D Mark ll, EF 15mm f/2.8 fisheye lens, 1/200 sec at f/16, ISO 400, Ikelite DS160 strobes (2), Aquatica housing, www.keithmonroephotography.com