Walking Rocks?

Query: When I was in Death Valley earlier this year, I saw some enormous 750-pound rocks that appear to travel across the desert on their own. I remembered your article about rock tortoises, and wondered if that’s what these rocks could be?

Corn of Plenty (Part 4 of 4): A Field Guide by Dr. Midas Welby

Corns of the Air: Air-corns utilize their horns for jousting, playing tic-tac-toe, and spearing food in mid-flight. Air-corns often lurk undetected in trees, wood piles, and rain gutters. When bored, they use their horns to ring the doorbells of unsuspecting humans. When the door begins to open, the air-corn flies away.


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A Present For Imaginaries: When winter comes, I get concerned about providing extra shelter from the elements for Imaginaries. Recently, I read about people who build wildlife brush shelters out of branches and plants in their yards, and thought this was a great idea.

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Seal Pelts At The Beach?

Query: I was walking the beach and noticed an area around the jetty that looked like it had been dug up. When I moved a few rocks aside, I found a couple of seal pelts buried in the sand, one large and black, one smaller and brown. I put everything back the way I found it, but I keep wondering who the pelts belonged to, and what they were doing there. What do you think?

Answer: What you found were a pair of silkie pelts, a very rare find indeed!

Silkies have two forms, appearing much like a human while on land, and as a seal while at sea. Their true home is the ocean, and silkies spend their time in the water in seal form. When they wish to walk on land, they shed their skins and hide them in the rocks by the ocean, recovering them when they are ready to return to the sea.

We have had recent reports of silkie sightings in your area. Thank you for returning the pelts to their hiding place, because silkies cannot return to the ocean without them.

We have sent an Iranigami agent out to assess the situation, and ask that you continue to keep the location of the pelts secret, to protect the safety and well-being of our Imaginary friends.


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