Thursday, May 7, 2009

Red Ballons Fly...Out of a Nose

The hooded seal has a couple of very odd features. Males of this species have both an inflatable skull hood and a nasal balloon. These sacs inflate up to a foot or more in diameter whenever the seal is aroused, angered or just showing off. The nasal balloon is inflated through its nostrils and is a bright red color.

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