TRUTH IN MOVIES
Michael Ellis

OK I admit it, I am one of those people who look for mistakes in movies. It’s not hard. Remember Moonstruck with Cher. That was a fun movie but what planet were they on? There seemed to be a full moon every night. Here on Planet Earth the moon appears to be full for only 2 nights, 3 at most. Other recent mistakes I have noticed: a California quail calling in Korea, a 12,000′ mountain in Pennsylvania, a turkey vulture screaming like a red-tailed hawk, poisonous garter snakes but the worst of all is ANDRE, the story of a Harbor Seal, and it is played by a California Sea Lion. These are two entirely different marine mammals. Seals evolved in the north Atlantic and share a common ancestor with modern day skunks. The sea lions more properly known as eared seals, evolved in the North Pacific they share a common ancestor with modern day bears. In evolving in a marine environment both groups have undergone similar modifications and now superficially resemble one another. This is known as co-evolution. However, Mr. Director of Andre, there are some major differences.
The eared seals or sea lions have, guess what? External ear flaps, true seals on the other hand do have ears but no flaps only holes in the side of their heads. Sea lions can pull their rear legs up underneath themselves and then sit erect. They are agile on land and can easily climb up rocky cliffs. True seals cannot. These guys must undulate across the surface on their bellies, they’re awkward and could never, ever balance a ball on their noses. Movement through the water is quite different as well. Sea lions use their large, powerful front flippers as arms to swim through the water and use their rear flippers as rudders to steer. Seals on the other hand use their small front flippers as rudders and move by swishing their rear flippers back and forth. And finally you Hollywood idiots, California sea lions are not even found in New England. But honestly what does truth have to do with entertainment?

This Michael Ellis with a Perspective.

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November 5, 2010