Seal of Disapproval

The Arctic — icy, vast, forbidding. In these frigid depths, warm-blooded creatures face the cold realities of survival. Tonight, on Extreme Ocean Quest, we’ll explore this harsh, unyielding… (Um, pardon me, I’m trying to introduce the show here…)

Photo by marine biologist Dr. Alex Mustard.



  1. Jimbeaux says:

    Sealios always seem so happy in the pics I see them in. Even this guy just wants to get in the picture! C’mon over, mister (miss?) sealio! I’ll take your pic and give you a hug!

  2. ScoutsMom says:

    Looks to me like one of those kids who stand behind a TV news reporter saying “Hi Mom”. Great photobomb!

  3. phocabomb!

  4. loribelle says:

    I’ve never seen a seal look so much like a dog!

  5. ThirdShift says:

    Seal eyebrow dots! Does he not look like a lab or lab+Weimer?

  6. “It doesn’t do them any good, you know, sitting on them. Takes all the life out of them. Remember that another time, all of you. A little consideration, a little thought for others, makes all the difference.”

  7. wannadance says:

    i thought it was a dog. i still think it might be a dog with extravagent whiskers…

  8. He looks more like a dog than either of my dogs. 🙂

  9. 260Oakley says:

    Darn scene sealer…

  10. Dr. Mustard, did he escape from my game of Clue?

    *Yes I know it was Col. Mustard.

  11. CathyDee says:

    Excellent hovertext, NTMTOM. Excellent.

  12. I read the hovertext in the voice of Milton, from “Office Space”

  13. Me too!!

  14. prinsasbeans says:

    [heart] the front flipperererere (or is that a paw) on the human bean’s shoulder.

  15. Yesh….. he looks exactly like my Lab….. it’s positively weird!!!…… 😯
    (‘Cept my goggie has ears and is yellow…!!

  16. the bug man says:

    (bows in homage)

  17. hmmm. I started reading it as the seal was hosting the show and the diver photobombed it.

    (hovertext spoils that illusion, tho)

  18. […in best David Attenborough voice…] The arctic seal, while normally quite shy and timid, cannot resist the camera lens. In fact, my spidey-senses are telling me there is one over my right shoulder even as we record this.

  19. And what do you dogs look like then 😯

  20. Cats?

  21. The first thing that jumped into my head before I read the hovertest was:

    Pardon me. Do you have any Grey Poupon?

  22. I agree–That’s no seal. It’s a Lab going for a swim. I’m sure of it.

  23. Absolutely hilarious, Mike!

  24. I almost added “… and I believe you have my stapler” to the hovertext. For reasons I forget now, I didn’t, but yeah, I was definitely channeling Milton there. 🙂

  25. Lerrinus says:

    😆 Love it! 😆

  26. Sasha's Mum says:

    Eeyore for the win! (insert bowing emoticon here)

  27. Hey, Mister! Whatchadoin? What’s that thing there? Can I help? Wanna play? Play!

  28. Pinnipeds and canines have some common ancestry, I believe.

  29. Saffron says:

    Is seal also going to ask diver if he has the cover to his TPS report? ..or is it the QTE report?

  30. Martha in Washington says:

    That was my thought too!

  31. 260Oakley says:

    Yes, the seal was diver-ted from his report.

  32. Mine too!….but then I did giggle after reading the hovertext. Ahhh Office space 🙂 Nice one NOMTOM.

  33. Kari Callin says:

    “Umm, excuse me, but is that a Kodak or Nikon? And could you forward this picture to me? Thanks!”

  34. lds7yrs says:

    Gigi, my next door neighbors are now wondering what is so funny over here. 😆

  35. Mary Paynter Sherwin says:

    Well, yes. Everyone knows that seals are just dog mermaids.

  36. definitely a seadog.

  37. Lerrinus says:

    *applause* 😆

  38. Theresa says:

    Wow! 😀

  39. Theresa says:

    Kids are OK. It’s when it’s great big jackasses that I wish once, just once, the reporter would turn around, haul off, and paste one right in the chops. 😛

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  41. Theresa says:

    “The Arctic — icy, vast, forbidding.” I kind of heard that like
    “Everest— forbidding, aloof, terrifying.”

  42. Theresa says:

    And the raised “O HAI” flipper. 😀