Photo of the Day 8 February 2008

Harp Seal, Gulf of St. Lawrence, Canada, 2004
Photograph by Brian Skerry
A young harp seal tests the frigid waters in Canada's Gulf of St. Lawrence. Once the object of a bitter controversy between sealers and animal-welfare groups, import restrictions on their pelts and Canadian laws protecting seal pups have helped populations of these charismatic sea mammals recover.