I take it back—Nature's not gross, it's hilarious. Seal attempts to have sex with penguin.

Act 1, Scene IV: If I profane with my unworthiest hand  This holy shrine, the gentle fine is this:  My lips, two blushing pilgrims, ready stand  To smooth that rough touch with a tender kiss.
Act 1, Scene IV: If I profane with my unworthiest hand This holy shrine, the gentle fine is this: My lips, two blushing pilgrims, ready stand To smooth that rough touch with a tender kiss.Courtesy pratt
Watch for this one, everybody, among your local news affiliate’s “feel good” segments; I’m guessing it’ll fall somewhere between “Man tries to rob bank with a banana,” and “llama adopts kitten.”

What we have here, I’d say, is a modern day Romeo and Juliet story. Two young lovers from different families (different classes actually), brought together by fate, kept apart by…um… phenotype. I don’t suppose their parents were very happy either.

Playful confusion or sexual frustration lead a young male fur seal to cruise the beaches of the sub-Antarctic Marion island looking for companionship, and he found it in the form of an adult king penguin of indeterminate sex. Love, as we all know, waits for no man, pinniped, or bird, and so the 200 pound seal went to it there and then, subduing the 30 pound penguin by simply flopping down on top of it,

Unfortunately, the 45-minute exercise in sexual futility was caught on film by a team of South African biologists.

“At first glimpse, we thought the seal was killing the penguin,” says Nico de Bruyn, of the University of Pretoria, “but then we realized that the seal’s intentions were rather more amorous.” Before long, “the brazenness of the seal’s behavior left those who saw it in no doubt as to what was happening.”

I know what you’re all thinking: it meant nothing. Adelie penguins, after all, prostitute themselves for nest stones, chinstrap penguins occasionally swing both ways, and emperor penguins often change partners from one year to the next. King penguins, like Ms. (or Mr.) Juliet here, lead pretty vanilla sex lives, however. No, this wasn’t youthful experimentation; this was love. Biologists who viewed the event think that action may have resulted from some crossed instinctual wires, but, then again, they’re scientists, not famous for their romantic sensibilities.

The BBC reports that this is thought to be the first recorded example of a mammal trying to have sex with a member of another class of vertebrate, such as a bird fish, reptile, or amphibian. I find that hard to believe.

Your Comments, Thoughts, Questions, Ideas

Sota's picture
Sota says:

antartica can be a very boring place.......

posted on Sun, 05/04/2008 - 3:36pm
JGordon's picture
JGordon says:

Not any more, apparently.

posted on Sun, 05/04/2008 - 5:00pm
nelson.robin's picture
nelson.robin says:

lol thats wild man if a seal and a penguin had a baby lol i don't even want to think about lol thats wild

posted on Mon, 05/05/2008 - 7:58am
zephyr's picture
zephyr says:

ha i want to see a baby peneal that would be sweet

posted on Thu, 05/08/2008 - 8:50am
JGordon's picture
JGordon says:

Or a senguin!

posted on Thu, 05/08/2008 - 12:47pm
hmoob_muas's picture
hmoob_muas says:

the baby will be so awesome if these two animals mate...

posted on Thu, 05/08/2008 - 8:56am
LEE's picture
LEE says:

ha ha ha. that seems funny. it'll be cool to see a baby peneal as like zephyr said.

posted on Thu, 05/08/2008 - 9:02am
twila_08's picture
twila_08 says:

That is so crazy how can that even be possible. i would like to see something like that.

Twila Turnage

posted on Thu, 05/08/2008 - 9:04am
flinch619's picture
flinch619 says:

you would wanna see somethin like that twila


posted on Thu, 05/08/2008 - 9:13am
koallainfestation37's picture
koallainfestation37 says:

hey man whatever floats your boat

posted on Thu, 05/08/2008 - 9:14am

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