Photojournalist Brian Skerry has taken photos for National Geographic for the past 14 years and counting. His photographs are the focus of a new exhibit scheduled for early next year at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History. One of these photos will be selected as the visitors' choice for the exhibit. Vote early and often, as the polling closes on November 4.
Harp seals have the second-fastest weaning process in the animal kingdom: From birth to living completely on their own in just 14 days.
Skerry met this two-week-old pup in the Gulf of St. Lawrence in Canada just as it was testing out the water and learning to swim for the first time.
“When they first get acquainted with the water, they bob up and down,” he says. “It was a unique little moment getting to the seal before it took off.”
Vote for this photo to appear in the Natural History Museum’s Portraits of Planet Ocean exhibit, set to open in February 2013!