Nineteen miles off the Northern coast of Maine, Gray seals are currently giving birth to their newborn children. Thanks to National Audubon Society and Explore.org's Pearls of the Planet project, The Gray Seal Pupping cam is catching it all on camera.
“This cam will help us to do the near impossible -- observe the gray seal pupping process in the wild over a 60 day period of time from our phones, tablets and laptops,” NOAA scientist Dr. Stephanie Wood said in a press release. “It will also open the door to people around the world who want to watch nature unfold.” Scientists will also get a look into the lives of bald eagles, since they flock to the cold, harsh Atlantic island to feed on the seals' nutrient-rich placentas and embryonic sacs during the winter months.
The camera streams it’s footage live between 10am and 2pm EST and also provides live chat with Dr.Wood. When the camera isn’t streaming live footage, users are able to watch live feeds from other cameras provided by Explore. If that wasn't enough they can also watch previously recorded footage of the seal cam.
In the video below you bare witness to a 300 lbs gray seal giving birth to her singleton pup. Every year in December she will give birth to another seal pup. Seal pups weigh in at a whopping 35 lbs and quickly gain weight thanks to their mother's milk.
Before 1972, Gray Seals were facing extinction along the New England coast due to hunting but have dramatically rebounded thank to the Marine Mammal Protection Act.