This is a little unsavory, but I’m damn curious if anyone out there can explain this to me. During my morning constitutional, after me and the dog had made it some two and a half miles down the coast, a foul and putrid smell knocked me off my stride. I searched upwind and saw a beached carcass lying some ways away.
I’m kinda the curious type, maybe even morbidly curious, so we went in for a closer look. It had the coloring of a sea-lion, but more the shape of a seal. The smell was pretty, well, bad. I was gratified that my doggy didn’t try to eat it. We angled around for another view, and that’s when I saw the weird part:
Something sucked its face off. A rather grizzly skull poked out of the gaping hole of its fleshy neck. This seemed really weird. Head, eyes, brain, all gone. The skull was picked dry while the rest of the carcass looked damaged, but not at all consumed.
What gives? Is that normal? Does anyone have an explanation? I know that when salmon run themselves up on creek beds in vast numbers, bears and wolves will eat the head and leave the body, wasting much of the fish when there is overwhelming bounty to consume. But in those situations, the head is just gone.
Nothing crunched or devoured the skull of this ill-fated seal thing, the skull was intact but the face was gone.
I thought this was sufficiently creepy to merit a post so close to Halloween.