The National Zoo's Antarctica Expedition is sponsored by the National Science Foundation's Office of Polar Programs.
All photographs depicting Weddell seals were taken under NMFS Permit No. 763-1485-00 issued under the authority of the Marine Mammal Protection Act.
The Swimming Lesson
Mother Weddell seals teach their pups to swim, and sometimes it takes some coaxing. This sequence shows a mother vocalizing and gesturing to her pup to encourage it to enter the slush-ice in a small ice hole near camp. All photos by Jon Robinson.