Harp seals by Keith Monroe

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A baby seal cautiously dips its head in freezing cold water as it goes swimming for the first time.  The two-week-old harp seal explores the environment in the -2 degree Celsius waters after jumping in from the ice.<br />
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It was testing out the water for the first time and was just yards away from its mother who kept a watchful eye on her pup.  The baby harp seal needs to learn how to swim as the ice could break any time due to the fierce waves and storms.  Photographer Keith Monroe, travelled to the a floating ice pack in the Gulf of St Lawrence just off the Magdalen Islands, Canada.  SEE OUR COPY FOR DETAILS.<br />
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Pictured: The seal pup after it's dip.<br />
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