Hooded seal born on Asturian beach

Some lovely pictures here of the baby Cystophora cristata, the first ever to be born in the wild in these parts, say the experts.

<ritualmoan>Most of the Spanish press get the beast’s Spanish name wrong, and none of them include the Latin. This latter failing is customary and is a real bummer when you start dealing with plants in a region like Catalonia, where, if you travel 50km west, you may find the same vernacular name being used for a completely different kettle of triffids. Thankyou.</ritualmoan>

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  1. Sorry, what is shown on the fotos is certainly not a hooded seal, but a harbour seal (Phoca vitulina). Best wishes!

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