Following is a picture I took at the Smithsonian of the skull of an American badger. Looks menacing, right? Actually, it looks like I feel right now, what with my huge canines as well as the sinuses and head ready to explode and rip the skin off my face.
A Flickr commenter argues this is not a badger but a Fur Seal skeleton (Callorhinus ursinus). Are there any Caniformia osteologists out there who can put an end to this debate? The better question is: Why would I take a picture of a fur seal? Makes one wish the Smithsonian had an indexed online gallery of all of their exhibits.
American Badger skull on top, Fur Seal on bottom. You decide. I’m going with badger-fur seal hybrid. Stranger things have been documented at the Smithsonian.
And, yes, more happy pictures of Ireland and rocks soon.