Photo of the Day 20 December 2007

Harp Seal, Gulf of Saint Lawrence, Canada, 2003
Photograph by Brian Skerry
A young seal looks warily around an icy whelping site in Canada's Gulf of St. Lawrence. Seals that are weaned and have shed their downy fur are called beaters for the way they beat their flippers on the water. Their sleek, unmarred pelts are prime quarry for seal hunters.