On Sunday September 14,
A few hours later, SAMPLA interns Christine, Tricia, Alessandro, and director Stefan brought a certain large box which began to make small growling noises. The seal in a box was brought down to the dockside, where Stefan gave the students a lesson in seal anatomy. Christine, Tricia, and Alessandro learned how the gender of seals is determined, as well as the aspects of seal’s anatomy that identified it as a distant visitor, such as the enlarged eyes and white fur on the chest. In addition, the size of the canine teeth identified it as a young-of-the-year seal. After this lesson, Stef returned the under-nourished seal to the harbor, where it could forage in relative safety and hopefully regain its strength before its long swim back home.