even before she had the pup, the young, testosterone driven males would not leave her alone. It did not help that she has a newborn pup. There were seven all fighting over her and attempting to coral her into the mating position. The big alpha male just slept through all of it. He seems to be smart enough not to waste his energy on these guys knowing that no mating will occur for about 28 days when she weans the pup.
The Mom's are wonderful to the pups that 28 days on the beach. And then she mates and goes back out to sea without teaching it to swim or hunt for food. Her milk however will sustain it for months because she has over 50% fat in it. Think mayonaise like milk. I will talk more about the nursing process in the next post.
Sweet moments like this are so wonderful. This pup is about 60 pounds at birth but has almost no blubber so that he will fit through the birth canal. He will need to gain weight quickly to combat the cold even on the beaches on some days.