By Victoria Woollaston for MailOnline. On a remote island in the Indian Ocean, researchers have spotted fur seals sexually harassing and coercing king penguins. On at least four occasions, the large mammals have been recorded forcing the birds to the ground and attempting to mate with them. After three of the incidents, the seals let the penguins go - but following one attack, the seal killed the penguin and ate it. This article contains images and video that some readers may find disturbing.
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The difference between a sea lion and a seal is that the former had has flaps over its ears and large front flippers that allow it to maneuver around on land more easily. Seals and sea lions have many similarities with land carnivores like dogs and cats such as a long snout and sharp teeth and are thought to have developed from land mammals about 20 million to 25 million years ago. There are 34 species of seal, all of which mate and give birth on land and feed at sea. They fall into two categories: true seals and eared seals. True seals phocids have no external ear and use their fishtail-like rear flippers for swimming. They are not very mobile on land.
Fur seals and pups sit on a beach on St. Paul Island, Alaska, in this handout photo. Photo from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. A group of researchers say they have observed three new incidents of fur seals trying to have sex with king penguins on an island located in the sub-Antarctic Indian Ocean. In a study published last week in the journal Polar Biology , researchers from the University of Pretoria said they have observed three different occurrences of Antarctic fur seals sexually coercing king penguins on Marion Island.
Fur seals have been caught engaging in an extreme form of sexual behaviour. Specifically, trying to have sex with penguins. This media cannot be played on your device. Things are heating up in the cold climes of the sub-Antarctic. On a remote, and mostly desolate island, seals have been caught engaging in an extreme form of sexual behaviour.