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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Silkie, also known as selkie or selchie.

Range: Northern Atlantic, from Scandinavia and the North Sea to the Stellwagen Banks and Cape Cod, Massachusetts.

Physical Description: In seal form, they resemble any one of a variety of seals, with pelts varying in color from white to black, and ranging in size from petite to quite large. In the ocean, silkies are indistinguishable from the seals they swim with except for their alert expressions (see photo), and because adult silkies have an indentation on their stomachs resembling a belly button, whereas the belly button in adult seals is buried in fat and cannot be seen.

Silkies in human form show great variation in size and coloration, and may be mis-identified as exotic foreigners, due to their lack of understanding of human behavior and local customs, and their poor command of the local language.

Characteristics: Silkies have a vocal range from well below to well above human hearing, which they can focus and point to cover vast distances. The voice of a female silkie in human form can be appealing to men but grating to women. Conversely, the voice of a male silkie is attractive to women but abrasive to men. The surest way to identify a silkie in human form is to ask them to speak in mixed company, and analyze the reaction of the people around them.

Co-endangered species: North Atlantic right whale.

Recent sightings: Very few reports of silkies have been confirmed as genuine sightings. However, recent evidence suggests that two silkies recently landed on American shores, and may be in need of our help.


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