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11 Responses to “Seals: Graceful underwater, adorably useless on land”

  1. jetfx says:

    Actually seals can move surprisingly fast on land. During the winter they come up in my yard, and you can sometimes find them wandering several miles inland, before they go back to sea.

  2. GawainLavers says:

    That ice boring comes at a steep cost to the Weddell’s seal:  Their teeth are worn out relatively early in their lives.  Is that covered in the video?  Attenborough talks about it in Blue Planet.

  3. giantasterisk says:

    After hearing the first “Yeah…” @ 2:00 I expected the narration to begin. “Yeah… oh, yeah…”

  4. miasm says:

    Hmmph, I, uh.. wha! Gah!
    That was beautiful.

  5. tacochuck says:

    Am I the only one who was really worried the baby seal would not find the hole in the ice to get air again?

  6. Eliot Phan says:

    not a arctic wildlife biologist, and haven’t yet watched the video – but wouldn’t polar bears be a natural predator of out-of-water seals?

  7. Jennifer Hauf says:

    LOL. They ARE blobs of jelly. 

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