A USB stick, which worked fine, was found in the frozen stomach of a rare Antarctic “leopard” seal. The device was discovered by scientists at New Zealand’s National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research (NIWA), who thawed to study the feces that had been left for more than a year in the freezer.
Now, the researchers are looking to find the owner of “stick”, which probably will not believe in his ears. The stick includes, among other things, a video of a kayaking man in the South Island of the country, while sepulchral leopards are playing around in the cold waters.
This particular rare species of seal usually lives and feeds in the Antarctic waters, but is increasingly seen northward in the waters of New Zealand, something that has surprised marine biologists. Many Zeo Zealanders have undertaken to monitor and report to the competent authorities whenever they see such seals approaching the New Zealand coasts, as well as photographing and filming them. Probably that’s what the owner of the stick did, until it dropped and ended up in the stomach of the seal.
Researchers who found the USB in the stools stored for a long time, which are being studied because they contain valuable nutrition and health information, let it dry for weeks, being curious to see if it would work. And it actually worked normally, “especially when it came from where it came from,” scientists said, according to Reuters and British “Gardian”.