Get an Ocean, You Two

A pair of rescued elephant seals got a taste of freedom — and each other — when the Pacific Marine Mammal Center sent them back into the wild last Saturday. With well-wishers cheering, the pups shared a kiss before being shooed into the ocean.



  1. brinnann says:




  2. kibblenibble says:

    White sand and promises….We start out scooting and learn to swim…

  3. Aw! I love how the first one stops to wait for his pal, and then they both let out a whoop of happiness and jump into the sea. Hope they have years of splashing and frolicking in the waves together.

  4. ever the cynic, my mother immediately pointed out that, probably no more than five seconds after they were sent into the ocean, a few sharks probably were seen bounding from the ocean with smiles on their faces and food stuck in their teeth.

    My happiness has faded.

  5. tracylee says:

    sealio and sealiette sittin’ in a tree!

  6. Lillith says:

    Wow your mom must be related to my grandma. I often told her whatever she did please don’t volunteer at a crisis hotline.

    They were not injured and looked pretty feisty so as far as is I’m concerned they’re bounding through the ocean, flipper in flipper living happily ever after!

  7. I always wonder about that.

  8. Fird Birfle says:

    (In shrill Miss Piggy Voice): “Kissy-kissy!!!!!!” 🙂

  9. My goal for today is to make that nasally AAAAAA sound to at least one unsuspecting person today.

  10. Blorptastic! I wish them well! 🙂

  11. Not That Mike The Other Mike says:

    It just goes to show that some people see the glass as half empty, while others see the glass as half full… of sharks!

  12. JenDeyan says:

    They were elephant seals so those two had to be females, right. The males have overly large noses, thus why they are called elephant seals. I think the kiss was purely platonic considering that.

    Still adorable, though!

  13. Mary (the first) says:

    “Sisters” sharing a good luck kisskiss before heading out. Sweet!

  14. Emmberrann says:

    They’re still pups, tho’, right? The guys don’t get that blumphy nose thing until they get to be big guys, right? So you can’t tell if they are both guys, both girls, or one of each. I going to think that they are one of each, and they had a li’l smooch before headin’ out. I always want a li’l smooch before headin’ out, don’t you?

  15. “What’s that?”
    “What’s what?”
    “THAT! That big noisy wet thing!”
    “Oh that. I dunno.”
    “Yeah, ocean?”
    “Yeah, ocean?”
    “Yeah, OCEAN!”
    “YEAH, OCEAN!”
    (together) “Smell ya later, suckaz!!!” *SPLOOSH!!*

  16. Wow, this is a step beyond even my mom, who basically sees all life forms, no matter how cute, as poop factories.

  17. At 0¨35 They’re like:

    Arrrg! I’m going! I’m going!
    What, I can’t stop to say goodbye?
    See I’m running!
    Enough with the big black cardboard already!

  18. I hate to admit it, but … she’s right you know.
    If you doubt it, buy a cockatiel… every 15 minutes, like clockwork. (Tic, Toc, plop 😈

  19. Leilani says:

    That made me cry . . . tears of happiness! *snif*

  20. *sigh* Sealed with a kiss. Very sweet video. Must be tough for the rescuers to let the darlings go, but I suppose it must be done.

  21. Madame X says:

    Katie Blorpy sings “I kissed a girl. And I liked it!”

  22. LizzyCat says:


  23. JannieWolf says:

    Yeah, if I showed that clip to my grandfather..he’d be humming the “Jaws” theme.

  24. Fird Birfle says:

    *Knock, knock!!*

    Laraine Newman: “Who is it????”

    “Land Shark”
    …..”candygram” …

  25. Er, I don’t know if you’ve heard, but sometimes girls kiss girls and boys kiss boys these days.

  26. That so made my day.

  27. That last cry translates to “Cowabunga!”

  28. dogsleder says:

    I think maybe they were hesitating for a minute remembering all the catered rehab hand-feeding. Then they hollered “So long, and thanks for all the fish!” And awaaaay they went!

  29. From here to eternity…

  30. tracylee says:

    hehe yay!

  31. Whats the difference between a seal and a sea lion. Well the space is moved over and it has a positive or negative charge. (seal ion?)

  32. Painhertz says:

    Hairy food tubes.

  33. I Haz a Funny Bone says:

    But….at the end…weren’t they swimming back to the beach? Maybe already missing those ready-made meals at the rehab place…. 🙂

  34. Skylar: Yay, we’re free! *blorps towards ocean*
    Sunset: Um… I’m not so sure… *hangs behind*
    Skylar: *Comes back over for a second* Come wif me! I wuves you! *SMOOCH*
    Sunset: Um… Are you sure? What about the catered fishies?
    Skylar: AAAAAAAA!!!! *Chases Sunset into the water*

  35. I’m just happy I have a glass! They do look very very happy.

  36. I assume that those two are tagged. Can we get an update on them? Pretty please?

  37. Your cynical mother is probably thinking of a fake news story which made the rounds in 1998. The story referred to a couple of seals rehabilitated after the Exxon Valdez spill in Alaska. The story claimed it took $80,000 to rehab each of the seals, after which they were released and immediately devoured by sharks. As I said, the story was false. Check Snopes:

    The kind of people who make such hateful comments nearly always are motivated by childish fear. Fear of sharks, sure, but more than that: fear of failure and resentment of others’ successes. If she can believe the seals were killed, then it means their rehab efforts failed, and she is validated in her fear of not taking similarly expensive risks in her own life.

    Tell her to pull her head out of the ground and get some professional help.

  38. I saw that skit as a teen, and it took me years to figure out the wordplay–I just liked the person in the shark head.

  39. A clockatiel. 😀

  40. JerilynS says:

    I STILL haven’t figured out the wordplay. Sigh.

  41. JerilynS says:

    Ten points for a reference to the Hitchhiker’s Guide!

  42. JerilynS says:

    There’s no place like home, there’s no place like home, there’s no place like home…

  43. Fird Birfle says:

    Jerilyn — F(or)W(hat)I(t’s) W(orth) —

    All it is, is that the skit happened the year /possibly the summer (?) during which the novel “Jaws” and then the original film “Jaws” were brand-new and highly shocking/ gory for the times.
    So when SNL decided to get silly with it, they made the shark into an urban, NYC con-artist type who was inside the high-rises, knocking on apt doors of single women. If they didn’t open their door when he said “Land Shark”, he proceeded to claim that he had candy for them, or maybe a telegram, and tried multiple ruses, so that they would forget about the shark and want to open the door. At which point, “GOBBLE” , the LandShark devoured them!!!!

    That is all 🙂

  44. The way I saw it (post-kiss):

    “Hey, it’s the ocean.”
    “Yeah, the ocean.”
    “You wanna go to the ocean?”


  45. Paunchie says:

    that’s not a snorg, it was just a nose-bump! aw right, aw right, we’ll go already!