Seals have been spotted on Marion island chasing and pinning down penguins in a bid to mate with them. 

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The behaviour was noted on four occasions, with all bar one ending in the penguin’s safe release. However, one instance ended in the seal killing and eating the penguin. Scientists think this may be an unusual learned behaviour, and could possibly continue – though they are unsure why.

During several of the attacks, the researchers said the seals successfully penetrated the birds.

In stark contrast to the serious and scientific nature of these events, there’s almost definitely a John Lewis joke to be made here – but we’ll let you fill in the blanks there.  These findings are published in the Springer journal 

 

Viewer discretion is advised, some may find this footage upsetting

 

H/T: Springer, DM

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