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Sexy (Continued from page 49) about anything. This process is called—and I’m not making this up—“galumphing,� and is not unlike how some of us moved when we were in high school. And like some of us when we were 16 or 17, the seals can cover ground fast by galumphing. Seals can’t bark, as sea lions famously do, but communicate by slapping the water’s surface and grunting, like some of our summer folks. These creatures are not only more graceful underwater than ballet dancers and jet fighter planes, but they can dive very deep—more than 130 feet—stay underwater for very long times—as much as one hour—and rise to the surface as fast a NASA rocket, without getting the bends. (Human scuba divers need to come to surface with measured slowness after having

been at depths more than 33 feet. Failure to do so causes “bends,� a forming of gas bubbles in the circulatory system that can cause pain, paralysis and even death.) The seals pump air at high pressure into their lungs and respiratory passages when diving, and so pressurize them—hence no bends. In a similar process, they force air at high pressure into their middle ears to pressurize them and prevent the painful eardrums that can afflict humans in a scuba dive, and the “ear-popping� sensation humans have when descending into even the shallow water of a swimming pool. Yet as hardy as these creatures are, they won’t haul themselves onto rocks “to catch some rays� if the wind chill gets too bad, i.e., way below zero F., sensibly choosing to remain in

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the relatively temperate sea water. In fact, when one appreciates how well adapted and sensible seals are, it isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t surprising that evolutionary evidence shows that they have been around for 15 million years, despite being preyed on by sharks all that time, and in more recent times by humans. Now one last word. If any of you canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t shake off the bias of speciesism, and still want to stare at the human denizens of our summer beach scene, you can do both! The seals are too sensible to be jealous. However, I canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t say the same for their human counterparts, so donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t tell them of your winter trysts. Let them remain blissfully ignorant in their up-west winter homesâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;after all, weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re all sophisticated adults, right?

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