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Location: Tempelfjord, Spitzbergen (Svalbard)

It's hard to get close-up to a ringed seal - and even harder to find a ringed seal having a pub that's just a few days old - a "baby seal". I was so lucky back in 2007. I came to Tempelfjord area, the fjord ice was solid in the beginning of april, just the time when the ringed seal breeds.
The mother had been very busy, keeping their breathing hole open for escape, constantly checking the area and her pup. There were some Glaucous Gulls nearby, waiting for the chance to attac the baby. It's hard to survive in the Arctic!