Hooded Seals and Their Super Macho, Inflatable Bladder Septum
How is everyone doing today? Amber assumes she'll spend all day crying, and if you're a decent American, you'll know why. Why not learn about the Hooded Seal as a distraction from this political nightmare? The hooded seal (Cystophora cristata) is a large true seal found only in the central and western North Atlantic. It is known for its uniquely elastic nasal cavity located at the top of its head, also known as a nose hood. But first we talk elections and Amber gives a PSA: Better Than Human believes and supports women, and any victim of sexual assault. As a society, we need to believe and listen to victims. Does anyone really know why male Hooded Seals evolved two inflatable balloons on their faces? How does that even happen? And no, we really aren’t sure how it evolved or why. Like we've said before, evolution doesn't always make sense. Maybe it's because they’re so giant, and fighting for mates require too much energy? Perhaps. Listen to learn more about this interesting animal.