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A REALLY ERRANT SEAL

Deep in the frozen wastes of Antarctica, at an altitude of 1,300 meters [about 4,000 feet], B. Lytskjold came across a dead seal. The nearest coastline was 250 kilometers away.

(Anonymous; "Seal That Went Walkabout," New Scientist, p. 11, January 15, 1994.)

Comment. Actually, many such "mummified" seals have been found high in the Antarctic mountains far, far from water. They are usually crabeater seals. No one knows why they head inland to certain death.

Reference. Additional observations of wayward Antarctic seals may be found in BMD5 in the catalog volume: Biological Anomalies: Mammals II. To order, see here.

From Science Frontiers #93, MAY-JUN 1994. 1994-2000 William R. Corliss