Now that the majority of pups born in Point Reyes are without mom, it is time for them to learn how to be an independent seal. However, achieving this independence relies on important social interactions with fellow weaned pups. Pups will practice aggressive behaviors that they will need to be successful adults. Males more frequently display mock aggressive behavior such as neck biting and body slamming, and female pups mimic the “head banter” behavior of adult females. After weaning and molting, pups will begin to move into the water, often following the lead of older pups. In shallow tidal areas weaned pups will practice swimming, foraging behavior, and breath holding. After approximately 5 weeks of swimming practice pups will be excellent divers, and be proficient enough swimmers to head out into open water to find food.