Lots of mom and pup moments to entertain at the Hopkins Marine Research and 5th street beach. 5th street is called that because it is at the end of 5th street. Lots of white spotted pups this year. Makes me wonder all sorts of things about whether or not the males (dad's) were whiter. Or is it genes from both parents that combine to make this match? And do the whiter pups or darker pups have an easier time of evading predators because of their color? Are is there no difference?
The spots stay in the same place throughout the pups life. Even though the pup will get bigger and the spots will as well, they will be the same after the catastrophic molt.
Lots of bonding with the moms and pups as well. This nose to nose is very necessary for the Mom to find the pup if they get separated, etc. I see the Mom's many times coming up on the beach without a pup and then sticking their noses out to smell the pups. The pup will very tentatively stick it's nose out as well or it may turn it's back and kinda shy away. Especially once the pups have been slapped or snapped at by the Moms for getting too close.