This article is quote overload. A male seal sexually assaulted a penguin.
Why the seal attempted to have sex with the penguin is unclear.
The brazenness of the seal’s behaviour left those who saw it in no doubt as to what was happening.
Marion Island is the only place in the world where Antarctic fur seals are known to hunt king penguins on land, so the idea that the fur seal was trying to eat the object of its attention made sense.
“But then we realised that the seal’s intentions were rather more amorous.”
The researchers speculate that the male seal was too young to win access to female seals, and in a state of sexual excitement, looked elsewhere.
But the mating season was nearly over when the incident took place, leading the scientists to also wonder whether the seal’s natural predatory aggression toward the bird became redirected into sexual arousal.