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Dec 28, 2006

Ear Bud Central

Um, could this gaggle of seal pups be ANY CUTER? The little ear buds are the best part. There are like, ten pairs of ears in this photo. Oh, and the smiling baby seals? Puhlease, these guys are giving me diabetes they're so sweet.

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First post? Huh, huh?

 |  Dec 28, 2006 at 06:12 AM

Love the happy look!

 |  Dec 28, 2006 at 06:12 AM

Smiling seals. What better way to start your day?

Ahhhhh . . .

 |  Dec 28, 2006 at 06:13 AM

Again, why isn't this in the Coveted Cuteness Trifecta™ categorie? The chub, the eye capsules, the tiny ears, the juicy eyes, and the amazing way this picture follows Rule of Cuteness #9 should put it in said category.

 |  Dec 28, 2006 at 06:14 AM

Love the little dude up front! He's obviously optimistic about the coming New Year... Smile on!

 |  Dec 28, 2006 at 06:16 AM

I love that the fur of seal pups is too large for them when they are born. They have to grow into their skin. That is too cute

juggle geese
 |  Dec 28, 2006 at 06:30 AM

[beep] X 6

 |  Dec 28, 2006 at 06:42 AM

I love how their noses are lighter like their tummies. They look like they have little beans stuck there...kind of like Pound Puppies.

 |  Dec 28, 2006 at 06:43 AM

Yup, the sandy colored nosicles are my favorite part. It looks like they've been scoffing cocoa while no one was looking.

poor violet
 |  Dec 28, 2006 at 06:50 AM

now, that's the way to start my day. seal pups!

 |  Dec 28, 2006 at 07:02 AM

Oh, the toofs...they hurt (and not because of any chompage, neither)

 |  Dec 28, 2006 at 07:12 AM

I hope I'm not making a fool of myself by asking this, but aren't those sea lions?

 |  Dec 28, 2006 at 07:16 AM

Fur seals have ears. It is a leetle confusing, but thank goodness for Wikipedia!

"The fur seals and the sea lions as a group make up the family Otariidae, and are called eared seals or walking seals to distinguish them from the earless true seals of the family Phocidae."

See, it's really all about what family you belong to. Oh, BTW, NO MORE SIDESCROLLING!!!! Yay! Thanks for that who-ev is responsible.

 |  Dec 28, 2006 at 07:42 AM

Yeah, I was just about to ask about the ears. So fur seals are actually sea lions, sort of.

Whatever the hell they are, they're CUTE.

Connie H.
 |  Dec 28, 2006 at 07:45 AM


 |  Dec 28, 2006 at 08:00 AM

Ok everyone--smile for the camera and say "fish!"

must beep seal nosies!

 |  Dec 28, 2006 at 08:13 AM

Is there a "cute but demented" category?

 |  Dec 28, 2006 at 08:35 AM

Ears or not, they're anerable!!! The ear thing is confusing for us Californians who are used to seeing harbor seals (no ears) or sea lions (ears). The little critters above are from Australia where, you know, everything is upside down anyway.

 |  Dec 28, 2006 at 09:00 AM

Otariidae? OtariidaeOtariidaeOtariidaeOtariidae!
Looks like kids queuing for icecream..."I'll have a mackerel cone with a 99 flake, please!"

Tony James
 |  Dec 28, 2006 at 09:01 AM

[moons Carolina]

Y'know, all you'd've had to do was switch the order of your two early comments here, and it'd be fine. But no. Lookit me lookit me I'm first.

[farts in Carolina's general direction]

 |  Dec 28, 2006 at 09:04 AM

it made my day to see this little cuddlewad of cuteness... thanks!

 |  Dec 28, 2006 at 09:15 AM

Fabulous!! I'll be making that for the New Years soirée, then!

Tony James
 |  Dec 28, 2006 at 09:23 AM

Anyone been to the dirt-poor backwaters of Latin America? This pic reminds me fondly of being in Honduras, where a gaggle of goofy little kids followed me everywhere, saying, "Quiere chicle?" Wanna buy some gum?
I bought a lot of gum, 'cause how could I resist them? I'd buy herring from these little guys, and I don't even like herring.

 |  Dec 28, 2006 at 09:25 AM

Theo: Fart your heart out! I'm still first.

 |  Dec 28, 2006 at 09:32 AM

I think that is the first genuine seal smile I have ever seen...


 |  Dec 28, 2006 at 09:51 AM

AWWWWIE SMILEY SEAL!!! I shall hug him and beep his nose and name him Kotick ... zzzzzzzz

 |  Dec 28, 2006 at 10:19 AM

thanks for the yummy recipe...
it makes me want to hurl just reading the instructions...

you guys r silly
 |  Dec 28, 2006 at 10:25 AM

I just love how these guys always seem to have a smile on their face. I would kees the one up front on his dose!

 |  Dec 28, 2006 at 10:29 AM

Jaypo - Yeah I clicked on that link, took one look at the picture and nearly hurled myself.

 |  Dec 28, 2006 at 10:30 AM

These babies are precious, but they're not seals. Seals don't have external ears. These are sea lions. Its sea lions that have the tiny ear-to-head ratio.

 |  Dec 28, 2006 at 10:36 AM

Loves the smiley one up front! "Hey! We've been waiting for you! Wanna play?" The sleepy guys next to him, "Hmmm, huh,....what?"

 |  Dec 28, 2006 at 10:42 AM

please "accidentally" throw me into that seal pit, thank you.

 |  Dec 28, 2006 at 10:55 AM

Is it, like, niche market week at CO? Sealimages.com? A stream devoted to nothing but tiny animals on human fingers? What's next -- nothingbutbrowndogsinsuperherocostumes.edu?

Not, you know, that I'm objecting.

Or trying to give people suggestions.

 |  Dec 28, 2006 at 11:07 AM

I think these are fur seals, which are found in Australia and southern Africa (Arctocephalus pusillus). The ones in southern Africa get killed for their fur. Probably not cute.
Carolina--you tell him!

Another Angela
 |  Dec 28, 2006 at 11:12 AM

It's the pouty-lookin' one in the middle that's killin' me.

 |  Dec 28, 2006 at 11:22 AM

Another Angela:


 |  Dec 28, 2006 at 11:47 AM

My mom owns a baby fur seal coat. I think I shall show her this picture next time she wears it and ask her if it is comfy? What do you think? Those babies are just too cutie patootie!

 |  Dec 28, 2006 at 12:11 PM

This picture is so obviously photoshopped. I mean, you can totally tell those animals (sea lion or seal... I have no idea) are not really on that rock. They are most likely photoshopped out of space and put on that rock. @_@

 |  Dec 28, 2006 at 12:26 PM

I like the alert one in the back: "Pictures? Someone's taking pictures? Hey, I wanna be in the picture..."

J. Bo
 |  Dec 28, 2006 at 12:27 PM

I love how the seeelieeepoooo in the bottom left is smiling wif him bottom toofs. cutecutecute

 |  Dec 28, 2006 at 12:28 PM

Seal mosh pit!!


 |  Dec 28, 2006 at 12:40 PM

Soooo Cute!!! I love the smiley one in the front!!!

 |  Dec 28, 2006 at 12:40 PM

Ooooo, smiling!!!

Talking about seals, I wonder when sea lions at Pier 39 (San Fran) sleep... They were barking all night last night!

 |  Dec 28, 2006 at 12:42 PM

I actually said it aloud! ORNK! ORNK!

In My Humble Opinion:
If a comment just says "first post!" then it would not be a real comment because it did not COMMENT on the Qte. So Conifer gets first comment honors.

 |  Dec 28, 2006 at 12:57 PM

Jeebus! Am I the only one who has ever said "first post" on here??

Why am I being singled out and farted at for saying "first post"?

 |  Dec 28, 2006 at 01:13 PM

Carolina--some people obviously have a pet peeve. Or they are just jealous ;)

 |  Dec 28, 2006 at 01:17 PM

Thanks, Angela. All I've ever done is be playful and cheerful on here, but I must have violated some kind of secret C.O. code of behavior I know nothing about.


 |  Dec 28, 2006 at 01:24 PM

Nahh...I don't think it's 'shopped. And if it were, it's not like the seals themselves were shopped...why would someone shop them out of one rock to put them on another rock? plus they're cute anyway...

 |  Dec 28, 2006 at 01:28 PM

And, btw, I've seen dozens of people excitedly post "first post, first post!" which is all I was trying to do. Being funny and lighthearted, which is what I thought C.O. was all about.

I was in no way trying to garner some kind of "first post honors," especially since know nothing about such things nor do I care about such things.

I'm on here to have fun, not win a contest. Or at least, that's what I THOUGHT it was about.

Dumb me.

 |  Dec 28, 2006 at 01:48 PM

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