THE seal lives in the sea. It makes its home in the north, where large pieces of ice float in the ocean.
There are many kinds of seals. Some are no larger than dogs, and are called sea-dogs. Others are about thirty feet in length, and are called sea-elephants, because of their great size.
The head of the seal is shaped somewhat like that of a dog; it has whiskers like a cat, and large, beautiful eyes.
Its feet are much like fins, and help it to swim in the water. The skin between the toes makes good paddles of all the feet. It sometimes crawls up on the ice and stones, but it is clumsy out of the water. It makes short jerky leaps, dragging along the hind fins, or paddles.
In the water, the seal is very graceful, and can swim very fast. It uses its hind
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Publication information: Book title: All the Year Round:A Nature Reader. Volume: 2. Contributors: Frances L. Strong - Author. Publisher: Ginn & Company. Place of publication: Boston. Publication year: 1896. Page number: 67.