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A pre-Christmas swim in chilly Lake Geneva, Switzerland

A pre-Christmas swim in chilly Lake Geneva, Switzerland

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Participants of the 78th edition of the annual Christmas swimming “Coupe de Noel” celebrate before jumping into the Lake Geneva, in Geneva, Switzerland, Sunday, Dec. 18, 2016. More than 1,800 men and women swam the 120 meters at the traditional Christmas swimming in Geneva, where the water temperature was at 44 degrees Fahrenheit.

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Hundreds of grey seals give birth to pups on German beach

Hundreds of grey seals give birth to pups on German beach

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Hundreds of grey seals use a beach on the North Sea island of Heligoland, Germany to give birth to their pups, usually between the months of November and January. The pups, after three weeks of nursing, are then left to fend for themselves. This year has seen a record number of new pups, with 320 births recorded up to December 14.

Mating season for grey seals on German island

Mating season for grey seals on German island

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As the mating season starts after female Grey Seals give birth, males usually compete by shows of strength against other males. Hundreds of Grey Seals use the island to give birth to their pups, usually between the months of November and January. The pups, after 3 weeks of nursing, are then left to fend for themselves. This year has seen a record number of new pups, with 320 births recorded up to December 14.

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