This Ravenous Elephant Seal Eats So Much That It's Enough to Give His Kipper a Haddock
Between feedings, Henri and his harem (consisting of two smaller female elephant seals) must be exercised. Maria achieves this feat, which is comparable to jump starting a battleship, by moving the trio's fish buckets to different spots, thus forcing them to move. At times he also wrestles with the youngest. Maria's day ends with an extremely long shower; an elephant seal's pungent odor tends to linger.
Despite the special nature of his work, it affords little glory. "My wife doesn't think much of it," says Maria. And although Henri seems to appreciate his efforts, that doesn't give Maria much personal satisfaction. As Marineland curator Jon Kershaw notes, "Henri's fond of anyone with a bucket of fish."