Baby Weddell seal


Herbert Ponting

Acquired by King George V


The Weddell seal, like the Weddell Sea, is named after the navigator James Weddell (1787-1834). The Weddell seal can reach depths of over 2000 feet (600m) and can stay underwater for up to an hour, during which time it will swim underneath the ice, searching for places to break through and create breathing holes for when it needs to surface.

Silver bromide print

26.2 x 36.9 cm

label verso A baby Weddell seal, Herbert G. Ponting No.73 (Fine Art Society Catalogue number)

RCIN 501037