Hawaii & Alaska
This August photo shows northern fur seal pups standing on a beach on Bogoslof Island, Alaska. Alaska’s northern fur seals are thriving on an island that’s the tip of an active undersea volcano. NOAA Fisheries via AP

Burping, steaming volcano serves as nursery for baby seals

Alaska’s northern fur seal population for three decades has been classified as depleted, but the marine mammals are showing up in growing numbers at an unlikely location: a tiny island that forms the tip of an active undersea volcano.

Vents on Bogoslof Island continue to spew mud, steam and sulfurous gases two years after an eruption sent ash clouds into the path of jetliners passing over the Bering Sea. Still, northern fur seal moms find the remote island’s rocky beaches perfect for giving birth and mothering pups.

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