Phocine: adj. Zoology
Of, relating to, or resembling seals.
When you're out for a winter paddle, and you're really hoping to see a seal, it's really amazing how many things there are out there that can resemble a seal. There are seal-shaped rocks, seal-shaped lobster pot markers, seal-shaped Clorox bottles, seal-shaped coconuts, all sorts of seal-shaped things.
Here, for example, we have a seal-shaped piling.
And here, by way of comparison, we have a seal-shaped seal.
See what I mean???
As I'd mentioned a couple of days ago, we had had a verified sighting of genuine seal-shaped seal out by Ruffle Bar the weekend I was out in PA, so I was seriously on the lookout for seals when we were out there on Saturday. Boy, did that piling ever have me fooled for a second! Just the right size, just the right color, and when I first saw it out of the corner of my eye, I was seriously fooled!
(Seal-shaped seal photo courtesy of Stevie. Thank you Stevie!)