Did I get the little critter wrong? A reader writes:
I think what you have there is what we call a Phoca vitulina or harbor seal. All this reminds me, more or less unfortunately, of my old recordings of William Walton’s Facade, settings of verse by Edith Sitwell:
He called across the battlements as she
Heard our voices thin and shrill
As the steely grasses’ thrill,
Or the sound of the onycha
When the phoca has the pica
In the palace of the Queen Chinee!
I apologize for any excessive sharing.