Antarctic Fur Seal Pup, Blonde Morph Notecard
5 x 7 in. blank notecard with envelope
Photograph by Frans Lanting
Published with the Sierra Club
Antarctic fur seal pup, blonde morph
A sporadic, though not rare, sight on beaches frequented by Antarctic fur seals (Arctocephalus gazella) on South Georgia Island, a blonde morph occurs about once in one thousand births. These yellowish or whitish seals are the result of leucism, a reduction in pigmentation that in Antarctic fur seals causes this lighter-colored fur, often normal coloration of the skin, and brownish fur on the flippers.
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