A mother spotted seal, left, and her cream-colored newborn pup soak up the sun at Tsuruoka City Kamo Aquarium in the northwestern prefecture of Yamagata, on March 25, 2019. The pup was born that morning and measured 65 centimeters long while weighing 8,900 grams. The baby seal charmed visitors with its round eyes and cute squeals as it sprawled out on the ground. Officials at the aquarium will ask the public to nominate possible names for the baby spotted seal after confirming whether the pup is a male or female when it gains its spots about three weeks after birth.
(Japanese original by Rika Chonan, Tsuruoka Local Bureau)