PHOTO GALLERY: Elephant seal pup born on Vancouver island is an online star

An elephant seal pup is getting used to the watchful eye of the Internet.

Its every move is being broadcast by a webcam to people watching around the world.

It was born in the early morning hours of January 14 at Race Rocks Ecological Reserve in the Strait of Juan de Fuca just off the southern tip of Vancouver island.

The reserve says this is the fifth pup born to a female called Bertha since January 2009.

Race Rocks is the only place in Canada where elephant seals breed and while other baby seals have been born on the reserve’s other islands, they’ve been washed out to sea by the waves.

Elephant seals were hunted to near-extinction in the 19th century, but are now protected under the Fisheries Act.

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To view the webcam feed of the pup, go here.

Courtesy: Alex Fletcher
Courtesy: Alex Fletcher
Courtesy: Alex Fletcher
The elephant seal pup with its mother. Courtesy: Alex Fletcher

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