Friday, March 28, 2008

Bedlamer sighting: Department of Fisheries and Oceans

from the DFO website:

Each year, beginning in early April, harp seals moult. Adult males and immatures, called "bedlamers", moult first, followed by adult females...The term "bedlamer" comes from the Basque and Breton settlers who took up residence along the Strait of Belle Isle in the 15th and 16th centuries. They were fascinated by the unusual curiosity of the young seals and called them Betes de la mer (Animals of the Sea). English fishermen corrupted this phrase into the term "bedlamer".

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