The Real Version of ‘Snuffy the Seal’

Written by on August 9, 2013 in Marine Life, Sharks

I’m sure you all saw what could easily be called the best Shark Week ad in history with Snuffy the Seal, but here’s the clip in case you need a refresher.

However, for another individual it was a good week to be a seal. A year-old harbor seal pup was found in June underweight and suffering from shark bite wounds. She was treated at SeaWorld San Diego and was recently (successfully) released back into the ocean.

Harbor seal pup.

Harbor seal pup. Photo credit: Ian Keith via photopin cc

And now, here are some more of the best Shark Week-inspired posts.

5 Everyday Things More Dangerous Than Sharks
For example, did you know that vending machines kill 13 people annually while sharks kill only 5? Keep that in mind next time you’re buying a soda…

8 Incredible Sharks That Are in Big Trouble Because of Us
Take a look at eight different shark species that we humans have put in danger. The tawny nurse shark, for example, has been reported as locally extinct in India and Thailand, primarily due to habitat loss.

10 Facts You May Not Have Known About Sharks
And these aren’t just your typical ‘sharks are over 400 million years old’ facts. For example, did you know that a whale shark’s mouth is big enough to fit a full-grown human?

Best places to swim with sharks
If you’re interested in seeing sharks in their natural habitat, then these are the places to visit! There are options for everyone, divers and non-divers alike.

Endangered Sawfish Sold in Markets as Shark
A new study reveals that the critically endangered sawfish is being sold as ‘shark’ in markets. Read the whole post to find out why these shark relatives are still being caught and sold.

Freedivers sip coffee with sharks 30 meters under sea
Check out these amazing photos of freedivers going about typical daily routines underwater.

Great white shark rescue – anyone here know mouth-to-mouth?
A pair of very brave surfers rescued a great white that had washed up on the beach. After unsuccessfully trying to use a stick to remove some of the sand and get it back into the water, the men ditched the tools and actually dragged the shark back into the water.

Shark Cull Announced By France Follows Second Fatal Attack Off Réunion Island This Year
Authorities recently announced a plan to kill 90 sharks–in addition to the 24 that have already been killed this year–off the coast of the island. Since 2011, there have been five fatal shark attacks there, but worldwide numbers have remained stable.

Shark Fins or Champagne?
The sale of shark fins in New York will be illegal this time next summer, prompting one store to put its jars of shark fins on clearance.

The Good and Bad Since Last We Met
Unfortunately, nearly 30 million more sharks are being killed annually than previously reported, but there’s also some good news for sharks. Check out the latest post from shark attack survivor and communications officer for The Pew Charitable Trusts, Debbie Salamone. And also find out how facebook connects shark attack survivors who work to save sharks!

Copyright © 2013 by Marine Science Today, a publication of Marine Science Today LLC.

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About the Author: Emily Tripp is the Publisher and Editor of She holds marine science and biology degrees from the University of Miami's Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science and a Master of Advanced Studies degree in Marine Biodiversity and Conservation from Scripps Institution of Oceanography. When she's not writing about marine science, she's probably running around outside or playing with her dog. .


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