By MARK KIRK-ANDERSONAssociated PressThe seventh seal has been spotted in Canada and Mexico in recent years, and some hunters have said they can tell by its patterning in the snow that it’s a seal.
But a few months ago, the seal was seen by the first Canadian fishermen in the area and is now in the spotlight because of its appearance on the border between Mexico and Canada.
They have nicknamed it the seventh ocean seal, the Canadian Fisheries and Oceans Canada says.
The seal’s unusual markings are the result of a chemical reaction that occurs in its skin, said Fisheries and Conservation Canada spokesman Eric McVey.
The chemical reaction occurs in the skin of the seventh seals skin that coats its body and gives it its distinctive markings, McVessey said.
The seals can be spotted in winter and summer when the waters around them are warm, McPartland said.
They are also visible at night when the water temperature is above 50 degrees Celsius (104 degrees Fahrenheit), he said.
“They’re also seen around the sea ice, and their dorsal fin is often spotted in the ice,” he said, adding that there are other species of seal that are not visible.
McVey said that the chemical reaction causes the seal to emit a white smoke, and the smoke can be seen in the water.
McPartland added that the seal is a native of the Arctic Circle.
The Canadian seal was first seen in 2006, when fishermen in Newfoundland spotted one in the Atlantic Ocean.
The sixth seal was spotted in 2007 and the seventh in 2014.
Scientists are still trying to determine the significance of the seals new appearance.
“We’ve been able to detect the chemical reactions that occur when the seal gets its body temperature above 50 degree Celsius (100 degrees Fahrenheit) so we can track the seal in the air, Mcvey said.
In the past, researchers have been able only to track the movement of the seal’s tail and fins, which usually move about about three feet.”
So this time we can get a real good indication of how it moves,” McVees said.
McMorrow said he hopes to catch the seal again in early winter.
He has been able, however, to find a seal in Mexico.