Lost A USB Stick? Well, One Was Found In Frozen Seal Poo
New Zealand scientists found a memory stick inside of a frozen slab of Seal poo
Scientists in New Zealand say they have found a USB memory stick containing holiday photos inside a frozen slab of seal poo. In other words, an external hard-drive temporarily became an internal hard-drive.
Nobody knows if the seal ate the USB stick, or if somebody mistook the seal for a computer USB port. Either way, not the most magical visual.
The scat, valuable for studying the health of leopard seals, had been stored in a freezer for a year before it was thawed out for analysis, the researchers said.
"Concealed deep inside the scat was a USB stick," the National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research (NIWA) said on its website. So let’s just say, it wasn’t the kind of data they were hoping to find.
The stick was in good condition, "considering where it had come from", and the researchers let it dry out for a few weeks.
It contained photos of sea lions at Porpoise Bay, on New Zealand's South Island, and a video of a mother sea lion and her baby frolicking in shallow waters.
"The only clue to who might have taken them is the nose of a blue kayak," NIWA said, adding that the return of the USB stick comes with a price.
"The leopard seal researchers would like some more leopard seal scat please."