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20 March 2021 / National Geographic / Saroja Coelho

Harp seal pups dying on beach as winter sea ice fails

Blanc-Sablon, Quebec, Canada

A harp seal pup sits on a snow-covered beach near the town of Blanc-Sablon, Québec, in early March. Normally harp seals give birth and raise their pups on sea ice in the Gulf of St. Lawrence, but this year’s ice coverage is at an all-time low, throwing pups’ survival into jeopardy.

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