Slap Of The Week

I suppose if you suffer an unfortunate accident, it must be comforting to know that science has benefited from your ordeal.

Kyle Mulinder was minding his own business paddling around the waters off Kaikoura on the South Island of New Zealand. His contemplation of the beauty and peace of his surroundings was rudely interrupted when a seal rose out of the water and slapped poor Kyle around the face with an octopus that it had in its mouth.

Scientists from the National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research reckon that the seal mistook the kayaker for a rock. It has confirmed their suspicions, though, that seals search for a hard object upon which to dash their prey.

Clearly a case of being in the wrong place at the wrong time and better than being slapped around the face with a dead fish.

Alas, the octopus was eaten.


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