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Scientists are looking for the owner of a USB drive which was found in seal poop

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USB drives are unfortunately small and easy to lose.

If you happened to misplace one on the southern tip of New Zealand’s South Island, scientists from the country’s National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research (NIWA) are looking for you.

Just how they found it is rather interesting: The USB drive was found in the poop of a leopard seal, which had been sitting in a NIWA freezer since November 2017.

Three weeks ago, volunteers pulled out the sample for researchers to study, which starts by defrosting the poop. Read more…

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Seal pup found on farm is a long, long way from home

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Seals having a wander inland are an occasional occurrence, but this cub is perhaps a little too young to go walkabout.

Dee Knapp from Invercargill, New Zealand was looking for new lambs on his property when he saw what initially appeared to be an injured bird, reported the New Zealand Herald.

It turned out to be a baby seal, and boy, it was a long way away from home, as per a video uploaded by Knapp to Facebook.

“Well blow me away, it’s a baby seal in the middle of my paddock, in the middle of nowhere,” Knapp told the newspaper.  Read more…

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