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Thu Oct 8, 2020, 03:38 PM

Chileans rally to rescue elephant seal that got stranded in town

Huge creature took wrong turn after coming ashore and ended up in suburbs of Puerto Cisnes

Sam Jones
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Wed 7 Oct 2020 08.14 EDT Last modified on Wed 7 Oct 2020 23.37 EDT

Chile’s overnight curfew, declared at the end of March to help curb the spread of Covid-19 through the narrow South American country, has not been universally observed by all species. Emboldened by the lack of people and cars, seven mountain lions have been captured on the streets of Santiago in recent months. Now it appears the large cats are not the only creatures keen for a change of scene.

On Monday night, the residents of Puerto Cisnes, a coastal town 1,500km (932 miles) south of the capital, were treated to the decidedly un-swanlike spectacle of a two-tonne elephant seal hauling itself through their neighbourhoods at a surprisingly decent clip.

The elephant seal, which had become disorientated after coming ashore, was eventually helped back into the sea after dozens of neighbours, police and naval officers used black tarpaulins to drive it towards the water.

“I was a bit startled to begin with, but because they move slowly, I calmed down and told my son to film it,” a local woman called Antonia told the Argentinian online newspaper Infobae.

More:
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/oct/07/chileans-rally-to-rescue-elephant-seal-that-got-stranded-in-town















Hooray for Puerto Cisnes!

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SheltieLover Oct 2020 #1
dhill926 Oct 2020 #2
sinkingfeeling Oct 2020 #3
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Thu Oct 8, 2020, 03:45 PM

1. Yaaaaaaay!

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Thu Oct 8, 2020, 04:09 PM

2. wow....those animals are HUGE...

and can be very aggressive....brave folks...

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Thu Oct 8, 2020, 04:12 PM

3. They are huge. Here's a picture of one I met in Antarctica.

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Response to sinkingfeeling (Reply #3)

Thu Oct 8, 2020, 11:05 PM

4. Ooooooohhhh, my gosh! Whooo! Wowsers. Looks as if you stood pretty close, too!

Wildest of the wild, that seal. It has the whole ocean to call its home.

It must have sensed you were not dangerous to it, or it wouldn't have been resting so serenely. It goes all over the place, doesn't it?

I seriously doubt there are any other DU posters who've been so far South. What a trip that must have been.

Thanks for the photo and post.

(Would be alarming if, like an iceberg, its visible part was only 10% of the entire critter.)

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