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As Lisburn Today reports, Sammy – as the seal's been named on social media – has been a regular fixture in the Laganside town for a number of years, and has recently been spotted as far as seven miles inland.
Various reports have described the unique habits of this 'sealebrity' who's been spotted walking the towpath at Lisburn's civic centre towards Hill Street near the centre of town.
But until now staff at Exploris have been unable to get a hold of Sammy to check on the seal's condition.
“We would very much like to get a closer look at her," they said in a recent appeal. "If you see her please call us!”
Elsewhere, sea lions in California are having a tough time of it due to rising ocean temperatures in the Pacific.
And according to Salon, it's a situation that will only get worse when the effects of human-induced global warming take hold.
Some 1,800 stranded sea lion pups have been recorded on California's beaches in just the first two-and-a-half months of this year, many of them in an emaciated state.
Warming waters hostile to key fish species and micro-organisms have been blamed for this phenomenon, as the sea lions are forced to swim exhausting distances for sustenance.
The flight of fish to more suitable temperatures elsewhere is also having an impact on fishing communities up and down America's western seaboard.
But while the cause of the current 'hot spot' may be "a fluke of climate variability", for some experts it points to future trends in the world's largest ocean. Salon has more on the story HERE.