A species of sea snail that’s seen the world since the dawn of time.
It’s also got a name that means a big mouth, and a name you probably haven’t heard.
The caribbean Monk Seal, a member of the family Serratia, is one of only a few animals that can breathe underwater.
Its body can grow to more than a metre in length, and its tentacles can extend as far as 18cm.
But its name is more unusual than that.
“The monk seal is a sea lion.
It’s not a sea dog,” said Ian Kelleher, an evolutionary biologist at the University of Bath.”
It’s not actually a seal.
It’s a small seal, but one of its unique abilities is to breath underwater.”
It’s one of the smallest seals in the world.”
It’s a small seal, but one of its unique abilities is to breath underwater.
The monk seals breath air to move about on land.
Its tentacles can stretch to a length of up to two metres.
When the monk seals bite, they can cause a huge blood spurt, and even rupture the skin.
That could be fatal.
“They can actually rupture the lungs, and that’s very, very serious,” said Professor Kelleer.
“If the blood does not stop, you have a very large blood clot and you have swelling of the lungs.”
So the monk seal uses its mouth to pull the blood from the blood vessels, and then the blood is pumped out of the body through the anus.
It then returns to the ocean, where it dies.
Its biggest predators are dolphins, which also use their mouths to pull blood from their prey.
The marine animal has been threatened by global warming.
“What we need to do now is to protect the monk Seal and to reduce its habitat,” said Dr Kelleers research team.
“We know that the monk Sea lion is declining by 40 per cent a year, and the seal is declining about the same, but the two are in the same decline.”
This is not a one-off event.
“Dr Kellehers team is now using DNA analysis to help determine if the monk sea lion population is still there, and what it might look like in the future.
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