A baby seal pup has been born at Tynemouth’s Blue Reef Aquarium.
The tiny harbour seal, who has been named Cody, was born on Friday morning at the North Tyneside attraction.
Both pup and mum Loffe are doing well and keepers are delighted with their early progress.
Blue Reef Aquarium’s Anna Etchells said: “Everyone was quite nervous but the birth went incredibly smoothly and although Loffe is a first-time mum she seems to be very attentive and is taking great care of Cody.
“He is a healthy seal pup – good weight, good size, we have given him a full health check and he is doing great.
“Cody’s absolutely adorable and is already proving to be a huge hit with staff and visitors alike.”
Pups are born on land but are able to swim and dive within hours. They remain dependent on their mother’s milk for up to four weeks and can expect to more than double their birth weight each week during that time.
Cody is only the second seal pup to have been born at the aquarium and joins Benji, who was born almost exactly a year ago.
With his arrival the aquarium now has six harbour seals. All are captive bred, with adult females Loffe and Selina coming from Norway and the males Marvolo, who is the father of both pups, and Sofus coming from Denmark
The harbour seals share their outdoor home with a pair of California sea lions, Lucy and Finn.