Science News from the Animal Kingdom
posted by May 2 at 9:57 AMon
Yes, it is what you think it is: a seal fucking a penguin.
[The] bizarre event took place on a beach on Marion Island, a sub-Antarctic island that is home to both fur seals and king penguins.Animals! Animals! Animals!
At first glimpse, we thought the seal was killing the penguin
Nico de Bruyn, University of Pretoria
Why the seal attempted to have sex with the penguin is unclear. But the scientists who photographed the event speculate that it was the behaviour of a frustrated, sexually inexperienced young male seal.
Equally, it might be been an aggressive, predatory act; or even a playful one that turned sexual.
“At first glimpse, we thought the seal was killing the penguin,” says Nico de Bruyn, of the Mammal Research Institute at the University of Pretoria, South Africa…
…The 100kg seal first subdued the 15kg penguin by lying on it.
The penguin flapped its flippers and attempted to stand and escape - but to no avail.
The seal then alternated between resting on the penguin, and thrusting its pelvis, trying to insert itself, unsuccessfully.