Well son, after the humans had hunted us nearly to extinction, the remaining seals were very similar. You see, the brown and tan elephant seals stood out easier to the hunter. They were the first to be killed. The gray seals were better suited to their environment. The gray seals, like you and me, were able to survive. This is called natural selection. When the hunters finally left, there were only a few gray seals left.
This story was all interesting to young SId. But Sid was still confused as a kumquat about how this story related to uncle Steve.
Well Sid, when the humans hunted us to almost extinction, something called the bottleneck effect occurred. Since there were only a few seals, there were much less differences among elephant seals than there used to be. That is the reason that we all look nearly identical today. This is also the reason that you couldn't find your uncle Steve.
This is sad and all but that was years ago! Why do we still all look the same.
Alright, alright, alright. I get it. Four fins good, two legs bad and all.
That was so long ago dad! Our population is growing now more than ever
Yes son. This is true. However, the effects of the human's terror on elephant seals are still being felt. These beaches have soaked the blood of your ancestors. These waves have felt their tears. These...
As the sun set on another day in elephant seal paradise on the beaches of northern California, Sid and his father mourned their ancestors and planned for the future...
WHERE'S UNCLE STEVE?! A Children's Novel by Sam Mauser