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A lone ribbon seal rests on a berg in Prince William Sound on July 9, 2014. The animal is rarely seen beyond the Bering Sea. (US Fish & Wildlife photo)
Researchers conducting a bird and mammal survey in Prince William Sound earlier this week (7-9-14) did a double-take when they saw this animal: a ribbon seal. Although ribbon seals make their home in the Beaufort and Chuckchi seas over the winter, they have been known to forage as far south as the British Columbian coast in summertime.
This fellow was by himself. That, plus the long white stripe down his back bring to mind Pepé Le Pew, the lovelorn skunk of Merrie Melodies fame. May you find your way home, monsieur seal, and may you find l’amour.
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