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Meet Yuki, the seal that can squish her face into her body

An absolute unit.

 

David Britton

Internet Culture

Published Oct 1, 2018   Updated May 21, 2021, 5:14 am CDT

Seals are undoubtedly amazing creatures. Some species can hold their breath underwater for up to two hours, and they’re always doing adorable things like surfing on the back of whales and smacking unsuspecting kayakers in the face with an octopus, but it turns out they’re also more elastic than most of us thought.

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Check out this GIF of a woman squishing a seal’s face back into its body. It’s hard to stop watching it. How does the seal do that?

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https://twitter.com/Chateau_Margaux/status/1046269389975121920

The GIF seems to come from NHK Worldwhich is the international division of Japan’s public broadcasting company NHK (Nippon Hōsō Kyōkai). The viral tweet with the GIF, though, is in Korean. Microsoft translates the caption for the tweet as “A sore throat is never a short beast,” whereas Google Translate comes back with the only slightly less confusing “It’s never a short-necked beast.” Neither translation makes much sense, but everyone agrees that what is happening in this video is very strange.

According to NHK’s original video, the ringed seal, who is named Yuki, lives at Japan’s Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan, where she melts “visitors’ hearts with her unusually plump, round figure.” The woman squishing her face into her body appears to be a caretaker at the aquarium. Maybe it’s a fun game the two of them play?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1qyuzEiPdus

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Yuki certainly has new fans on Twitter.

https://twitter.com/wingedfreckles/status/1046467640301146112

https://twitter.com/thanks_gil/status/1046520503878340612

https://twitter.com/RelaxedPizza/status/1046475593166938112

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Yuki also appeared in this viral tweet last week, where she is making herself into a round ball.

https://twitter.com/richa_gode/status/1046161844195471360

Someone get this seal her own Twitter account.

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*First Published: Oct 1, 2018, 2:00 pm CDT