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Hello Everyone,

Have you ever watched wild seals close up?

When we went to Eyemouth, in Scotland, there were a few seals who came right up to the edge of the harbour to be fed.
It was amazing watching them playfully leap out of the water, twist, like torpedoes and travel surprisingly quickly.

When they came above water, they looked quite tearful and I suspected that it was something to do with an extra eyelid.
My research explained that since seals spend time under the water hunting, they have third eyelids. Their membrane slides from the inside of the eye, next to the nose, outwards towards the corner of the eye. The function of their third eyelid is to help remove any debris like sand and to protect their eyes underwater.

Mucous continually washes over the eyes to protect them. Unlike most land mammals, seals lack a duct for draining eye fluids into the nasal passages. When a seal is out of the water, mucous surrounding the eyes gives them a wet, ‘tear-rimmed’ look.

Today, in the U.K., after some warm, sunny weather, it has turned bitterly cold, with the odd flurry of snow. Definitely a day for keeping inside.
I hope you are keeping safe wherever you are, Bev :-)

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