Colin McEnroe Show: Seals And (A Little Bit) On Sharks

What's up with all the seals in Connecticut?

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Colin McEnroe Show: Seals, The Sack And (A Little Bit) On Sharks
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Colin McEnroe Show: Seals, The Sack And (A Little Bit) On Sharks

Seals are very attractive. They look like friendly aquatic dogs, and there's also something vaguely human about them. I had one of them -- popping its head up to peek now and then -- follow me along the shoreline of Great Blasket Island in Ireland. So you get legends like the selkies -- seal-to-human shapeshifters.

And so, yes, when I see a seal in the water, I'm tempted to dive into the water and swim where he's swimming. Bad idea. Seals themselves can be rather ferocious. Seals bite, and there are some serious infections that can result from that.

And then there's the secondary problem of what likes to bite seals. Great White Sharks have been sighted along Cape Cod this year, apparently drawn there by the burgeoning seal population. So if you swim with the seals, you're basically wallowing around in a shark's idea of Denny's.

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