A Memory Stick Loaded With Photos Was Discovered in Frozen Seal Scat

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The vet then sent it to Krista Hupman, a NIWA marine biologist, who kept it in a freezer for more than a year.

Still, Warren and a fellow volunteer, Melanie Magnan, noticed that the memory drive appeared intact.

Browsing the content of the USB, it was quickly apparent the owner was also a marine mammal enthusiast with several photos of sea lions at Porpoise Bay in the Caitlins as well as a video of a seal and its offspring.

"The more we can find out about these creatures, the more we can ensure they are looked after", said Jodie Warren, the volunteer who was working on the sample of scat that the USB was found in.

The USB stick was full of photos and contained footage of New Zealand sea lions.

"It is very worrying that these fantastic Antarctic animals have plastic like this inside them", said volunteer Jodie Warren, who found the item.

NIWA encourages volunteers to scoop up and send in samples of the rare seal's feces, called scat because it gives a unique insight into the lifestyle of the animal.

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According to the official NIWA website, scat cannot only give extensive information about the health of a seal and its personal hunting preferences without disturbing the animal but also highlights the fact that even species such as leopard seals have to cope with the invasion of people into their lives.

Seal faeces, known as scat, is valuable for studying the health of leopard seals.

Samples are frozen. This particular sample had been frozen in November 2017, before they got around to analyzing it in January 2019, according to a NIWA statement.

'We basically have to sift it.

NIWA is studying leopard seals to find out if they're becoming more common in New Zealand.

The team checked out the memory stick and found images of wildlife taken at Porpoise Bay, which, The New York Times noted is nearly 60 miles from where the feces was collected.

The memory stick was in reasonably good condition considering where it had come from, and after being left to dry out for a few weeks it was placed in a computer to reveal its secrets.

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