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From swimming alongside our kayaks, canoes, coracles and boats to
lurking alone in the shadowy waters of remote seas, seals have long
interacted with humans and played a part in our history. Seal by
Victoria Dickenson explores the natural and cultural history of an
animal that has piqued and delighted human interest since ancient
times, from their role in Roman spectacles to their frequent
inhabitation of animal rescue centers today.Seals, sea lions, fur
seals and walruses are so distinctive that biologists have
classified them as members of a single order, the Pinnipedia, yet
our relationship with each distinctive seal species varies. We have
for centuries hunted some seals for their skin, oil and meat. In
the twentieth- and twenty-first century the hunt has become a focus
for global protest, and the white-furred baby seal has evolved into
one of the most powerful symbols for animal welfare. Some species,
like the Mediterranean monk seal, are among the most endangered
mammals in the world. Others, who live far from human habitation,
number in the millions.The seals living closer to our societies
have become wrapped in our myths and legends: there are tales of
seals who have sought out human society, following the sound of
children's voices, or the music of the pipe and flute; and there
are darker stories of selkies and other seal-like creatures that
take on human shape for purposes of both good and ill. Richly
illustrated and accessibly written, Seal offers an immersive view
of a much-loved, storied creature.
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