National Geographic : 2014 May
With a mother’s touch, a female harp seal (top left) coaxes her white-furred pup off the ice to swim near Prince edward Island. In a time of warming waters and diminished ice cover in the gulf, two weeks of maternal care is no guarantee a newborn will survive. After the mother leaves, pups sometimes drown when thinning or unstable ice collapses. The greatest threats to a beluga (bottom left) aren’t scrapes with fellow males, which left tooth scars on this juvenile, but the industrial contaminants and shipping collisions in its habitat. A lion’s mane jellyfish (above) drifts in Bonne Bay. The species can grow to eight feet across.