Celebrating Marine Moms
Polar Bear Mother and Cub
CREDIT: Alan D. Wilson
Phoenix is a New Mom
Phoenix, the North Atlantic right whale whose replica hangs in the National Museum of Natural History, celebrates her 17th mother's day this year. She had her first baby in 1996 at age nine and has had many more through the years.
Some whale moms will breed their entire lives while others stop early. Learn more about this mammalian menopausal mystery.
Mantis Shrimp Mom Clutches her Clutch
Some moms do all the heavy lifting. This mantis shrimp mom uses her clubbed claws to protect her clutch of eggs from getting poached by predators.
But she isn't working entirely alone. While she egg-sits, mantis shrimp dad is out hunting for both of them.