Photo of baby seal pup kissing mom goes viral and melts our hearts

Photo Of Seal Pup Kissing Mom Goes Viral

Weddell seals from Erebus Bay in Antarctica have been studied for decades -- and now, two of the creatures are having 15 minutes of Internet fame.

Scientist William Link with the U.S. Geological Survey captured a heartwarming moment involving a mother and her pup back in October.

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Photo of baby seal pup kissing mom goes viral and melts our hearts
Here's your cute pic of the day: Seal pup kisses! The Weddell seal population of #ErebusBay, #Antarctica, has been extensively studied for over 40 years -- it's one of the longest running studies of a long-lived mammal. The Weddell seal population is healthy, stable and undisturbed by human activities, giving a good example for studies of animal population dynamics. In recent years USGS scientists have collaborated with researchers at Montana State University to conduct mathematical modeling to address demographic and ecological questions including marking and weighing newborn seal pups. Photo by William Link, @USGS.
Doesn't this photo of a Antarctic baby seal's kiss just MELT your heart? via @ABC
Who wouldn't want a seal pup smooch? | Photo by William Link | shared by @Interior's IG #cute #animal

The photo was posted online a few days ago, and it has quickly gone viral.

The image depicts a strong bond between a mother and her pup. As the larger seal relaxed, her baby was cuddled up next to her and planted a kiss on the side of her face. Mom's eyes were closed while the pup's eyes were wide open. It looks like these two really love being together.

As you can imagine, the web approves with two big thumbs (or rather, flippers) up. Since it was posted, the photo has been liked tens of thousands of times.

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