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Seal may refer to:


  • Seal (contract law), a legal formality for contracts and other instruments
  • Seal (emblem) (formerly Seal (device)), an emblem used as a means of authentication; both an impression in paper, wax, or other medium, and a device used to make this impression; also similar emblems in other media
  • Seal (East Asia), a stamp used in East Asia as a form of a signature
  • Cylinder seal, an engraved cylinder used to roll an impression onto a flat surface, such as clay
  • Record sealing, the practice of making court records confidential


  • Pinniped, a diverse group of semi-aquatic marine mammals many of which are commonly called seal (although this group also includes walruses, which are rarely considered to be "seals")

Military and scouting

  • Fairey Seal, a British carrier-borne torpedo bomber aircraft, operated in the 1930s
  • United States Navy SEALs, the Special Operations Forces of the American Navy
  • Advanced SEAL Delivery System (ASDS), a midget submarine operated by the United States Navy and United States Special Operations Command
  • USS Seal, two American submarines
  • HMS Seal, two Royal Navy ships and one submarine
  • SEALA, a training course for Sea Scouts which people need to pass to be accepted in the academy




Science and technology


  • Seal Online, a Massively Multiplayer Online Role-Playing game

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What he goes there for, is to unlock the door.
While those around him criticize and sleep...
And through a fractal on a breaking wall,
I see you my friend, and touch your face again...
Now that your rose is in bloom,
A light hits the gloom on the grave,
I've been kissed by a rose on the grave.
Life carries on... it goes on.

Seal Henry Olusegun Olumide Adeola Samuel (born 19 February 1963 in Paddington, London) known primarily as Seal, is an Anglo-Nigerian soul singer and songwriter, and husband of model and actress Heidi Klum.



  • I've heard everything —that they were the result of ancient ritual induction into childhood that involved wrestling a wild boar, that I was viciously attacked by a gang. Someone even wrote that I was abducted by aliens who left me with a mark. You know, I really don't care. People can believe whatever they want to believe.
    • On his facial scars which were the result of a childhood bout with Lupus, as quoted in "Seal: Still Crazy After All These Years" by Fiona Sturges in The Independent (11 October 2003)
  • There were signs in England that the only way for me was down. The media turned against me. I was given a hard time because my outlook wasn't one of pure debauchery. I was a sensitive male and I was singing about spirituality; I didn't choose the loutish Oasis approach to my profession. Britpop was just building up at the time and my attitude somehow counted against me.
    • On moving to the Unitied States, as quoted in "Seal: Still Crazy After All These Years" by Fiona Sturges in The Independent (11 October 2003)
  • Family, my wife and children, that's my reason for being. Everything is done with them in mind, so perhaps that's the reason this new album is up-tempo. It does feel like a celebration of life. I am finally in a content and happy place to the point where I feel like I need to sing about it. It's made me want to address things that are close to home.
  • Myself and the people close to me are all part of a social system, and we were being conditioned to accept the status quo. But on this album, I'm saying it's time for us to take charge. We can change it. We can take control of our emotional system and be happy. My point is don't just sit there and allow life to happen to you. Go out and take charge if you want change, but it begins closer to home.
    • As quoted in "Seal" profile at Victoria's Secret Fashion Show (CBS) (4 December 2007)

Seal (1991)

  • A man decides after seventy years,
    That what he goes there for, is to unlock the door.
    While those around him criticize and sleep...
    And through a fractal on a breaking wall,
    I see you my friend, and touch your face again.
    Miracles will happen as we trip.

    But we're never gonna survive, unless...
    We get a little crazy

    • "Crazy"
  • Oh darlin...
    In a sky full of people, only some want to fly,
    Isn't that crazy?
    In a world full of people, only some want to fly,
    Isn't that crazy?
    • "Crazy"

Seal (1994)

  • Ooh, the more I get of you,
    Stranger it feels, yeah.
    And now that your rose is in bloom,
    A light hits the gloom on the grave.
    • "Kiss from a Rose"
  • There is so much a man can tell you,
    So much he can say.
    You remain, my power, my pleasure, my pain
    • "Kiss from a Rose"
  • Now that your rose is in bloom,
    A light hits the gloom on the grave,
    I've been kissed by a rose on the grave.
    • "Kiss from a Rose"
  • Fearless people,
    Careless needle.
    Harsh words spoken,
    And lives are broken.
    • "Prayer For The Dying"
  • Crossing that bridge,
    With lessons I've learned.
    Playing with fire,
    And not getting burned.
    I may not know what you're going through.
    But time is the space,
    Between me and you.
    Life carries on... it goes on.
    • "Prayer For The Dying"

System (2007)

  • Today, I give it, all to you,
    On this day we recall the memories,
    Of what we're goin' through,
    • "Wedding Day"
  • In my heart a place,
    A most special place,
    And it's all for you,
    You're my girl, you're my, angel,
    The will's the same for us,
    Honey they can't be wrong,
    Cause everybody knows it was hard to break the sorrow,
    Then you came along
    • "Wedding Day"

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="">See Seal (disambiguation) for articles sharing the title Seal.

SEAL, strictly speaking the name of the common European representative of that group of marine carnivorous mammals constituting the suborder Pinnipedia of the order Carnivora, but in a wider sense used to designate all the members of that group, except the walrus. The common seal (Phoca vitulina) is. the typical representative not only of that group (see Carnivora),. but also of the family Phocidae and the subfamily Phocinae, and it is to this latter group that the present article is restricted.

Although seals swim and dive with the greatest ease, often remaining as much as a quarter of an hour or more below the surface, and are dependent for their sustenance entirely on living prey captured in the water, all the species frequently resort to sandy beaches, rocks or ice-floes, either to sleep or to bask in the sun, and especially for the purpose of bringing forth their young. The latter appears to be the universal habit, and the young seals - of some species at least - take to the water at.

FIG. 1. - Common Seal (Phoca vitulina). first very reluctantly, and have to be taught to swim by their parents. The number of young produced is usually one annually, though occasionally two. They are at first covered with a coat of very thick, soft, nearly white fur, and until this falls off they do not usually enter the water. This occurs in the Greenland seal (Phoca groenlandica)and the grey seal (Halichoerus grypus) when from two to three weeks old, but in the common seal the change takes place either in utero or at birth. The movements of the true seals upon the ground or ice are very different from those of the eared seals, or Otariidae, which walk and run upon all four feet, the body being raised as in the case of ordinary quadrupeds. The hind limbs (by which seals mainly propel themselves through the water) are on land perfectly passive,. stretched backwards, with the soles of the feet applied to each other, and often raised to avoid contact with the ground. Sometimes the fore-limbs are equally passive, being placed close to the sides of the body; motion being then effected by a shuffling or wriggling action produced by the muscles of the trunk. When, however, there is necessity for more rapid progress, the animals, use the fore-paws, either alternately or simultaneously, pressing the palmar surface on the ground and lifting and dragging the body forwards in a succession of short jumps. In this way they can move so fast that a man has to step out beyond a walk to keep up with them; but such rapid action costs considerable effort, and they soon become exhausted. These various modes of progression appear to be common to all species so far as has been observed.

Most kinds of seals are gregarious and congregate, especially at the breeding season, in immense herds. Such is the habit of the Greenland seal, which resorts in the spring to the ice-floes of the North Sea, around Jan Mayen Island. Others, like the common seal of the British Islands, though having a wide geographical range, are never met with in such large numbers or far away from land. This species is stationary all the year round, but some have a regular season of migration, moving south in winter and north in summer. They are usually harmless, timid, inoffensive animals, though, being polygamous, the old males often fight desperately with each other, their skins being frequently found covered with wounds and scars. They are greatly attached to their young, and remarkably docile and easily trained when in captivity; indeed there is perhaps no wild animal which attaches itself so readily to the person by whom it is cared for and fed. They have much curiosity, and are strongly attracted by musical sounds. Their sense of smell is acute, and their voice varies from a harsh bark or grunt to a plaintive bleat. Seals feed chiefly on fish, of which they consume enormous quantities; some, however, subsist largely on crustaceans, especially species of Gammarus, which swarm in the northern seas, also on molluscs, seaurchins and even occasionally !sea-birds, which they seize when swimming or floating on the water.

Although the true seals do not possess the beautiful under-fur ("seal-skin" of the furriers) which makes the skin of the sea-bears or fur-seals so precious, their hides are still valuable as articles of commerce, and together with the oil yielded by their fat, subject them to a devastating persecution.

Two species of seal are met with regularly on the British coasts, the common seal and the grey seal. The former is a constant resident in all suitable localities round the Scottish, Irish and English coasts, from which it has not been driven away by man. Although the most secluded and out-of-the-way spots are selected as their habitual dwelling-places, there are few localities where these seals may not occasionally be seen. They frequent bays, inlets and estuaries, and FIG. 2. - Skull of Common Seal, with one of the molars on a larger scale.

are seen on sandbanks or mud-flats left dry at low tide. Unlike some of their congeners, they are not found on the ice-floes of the open sea, nor, though gregarious, are very large numbers ever seen in one spot. The young are born at the end of May or beginning of June. They feed chiefly on fish, and the destruction they occasion among salmon is well known to Scottish fishermen. The common seal is found not only on the European and American coasts bordering the Atlantic, but also in the North Pacific. It is from 4 to 5 ft. in length, and variable in colour, though usually yellowish grey, with irregular spots of dark brown or black above and yellowish white beneath. According to Dr J. A. Allen, there is a marked difference between the dentition of the male and female of the common seal. In the latter sex the teeth are much smaller than those of the male, and are inserted more obliquely in the jaw; they also differ by the reduction in the size and number of the accessory cusps, which are almost invariably absent on the inner side.

The grey seal (Halichoerus grypus) is of considerably larger size, the males attaining when fully adult a length of 8 ft. from the nose to the end of the hind feet. The form of the skull and the simple characters of the molar teeth distinguish it generically from the common seal. It is of a yellowish grey colour, lighter beneath, and with dark grey spots or blotches, but, like most other seals, is liable to great variations of colour according to age. The grey seal appears to be restricted to the North Atlantic, having been rarely seen on the American coasts, but not farther south than Nova Scotia; it is chiefly met with on the coasts of Ireland, England, Scotland, Norway and Sweden, including the Baltic and Gulf of Bothnia, and Iceland, though it does not appear to range farther north. It is not migratory, and its favourite breeding-places are rocky islands, the young being born in the end of September or beginning of October.

As the grey seal is sometimes confused with the bearded seal (Phoca barbata), the following account, by T. Southwell, of the distinctions between the two may be quoted: - "As to the external features by which the grey seal may at any age be distinguished from the bearded seal, which it most resembles, in the first place the abnormal season of reproduction in this species is unique; it is the only seal which has its young in the late autumn. The large size is not a very trustworthy distinction, as it varies considerably in individuals; but a marked feature is the great length of the claws in the fore-flipper, the first two digits of which are nearly of equal length and extend beyond the others; those on the hind-flippers are small and weak, the margin of the skin extending beyond them, and the outer toes on each foot the longest. The long, scimitar-shaped, flattened and crenulated lip-bristles do not differ greatly from those of other species, except from those of the bearded seal, the only species in which this curious impressed pattern is absent. The muzzle is broad and fleshy, and the upper lip and nose extend considerably beyond the lower jaw. Dr Edmondston calls special attention to this peculiarity, and states that in seizing its prey he has often seen it ` make a slight turn in the manner of a shark.' A captive young grey seal in taking fluid food always turned its head on one side and sucked it in through the side of the mouth. Another feature, which, so far as I know, is peculiar to this species, is the dog-like way in which, when on the alert, it carries its foreflippers to the front.

" Dr Edmondston also mentions a curious disposal of the hair on the neck of the adult animals, which he attributes to there being four or five rings of hair a little longer than on the rest of the body, which, he says, give it the appearance when rearing its head somewhat out of the water, as if several small ropes encircled its neck. This is a sedentary species, seldom straying far from its chosen locality and rarely met with far from land.

"In the British seas the grey seal resorts to tide-washed rocks and lonely beaches, from Shetland and the Orkney Isles in the north to a few scattered localities along the east and south coasts, as far as Cornwall and even the Channel Islands; northward on the west coast to Wales, the outlying rocks in the Irish Sea and the Hebrides - a sufficiently comprehensive range, and in a few favoured spots it is still fairly numerous. It is seldom found far from land, and seems to be much attached to particular spots, to which it regularly returns as the state of the tide permits. In the breeding-season, which is the late autumn or early winter, its favourite resort is the inner recess of an ocean-cavern, often only to be approached under water; here, in October or November, it deposits its single young one on the small beach at the far end of the cave, beyond the reach of the tide, attending it assiduously for several weeks, until it has shed its infant-coat, which is at first beautifully long, soft and white, offering a great contrast to the young of the common seal. The young are suckled for six weeks before they take to the water, and during that time they are practically land animals. From this time till maturity several successive changes of pelage in each sex take place." Other species of seals inhabiting the nothern seas, of which stragglers have occasionally visited the British coasts, are the small ringed seal or "floe-rat" of the sealers (Phoca hispida), the Greenland or harp-seal (Phoca groenlandica), the hooded or bladder-nosed seal (Cystophora cristata) and the bearded seal (Phoca barbata). See also SEAL-FISHERIES. (W. H. F.; R.L.*)

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Commonly a ring engraved with some device (Gen 38:18, Gen 38:25). Jezebel "wrote letters in Ahab's name, and sealed them with his seal" (1 Kg 21:8).

Seals are frequently mentioned in Jewish history (Deut 32:34; Neh 9:38; Neh 10:1; Est 3:12; Song 8:6;

Isa 8:16; Jer 22:24; Jer 32:44, etc.). Sealing a document was equivalent to the signature of the owner of the seal. "The use of a signet-ring by the monarch has recently received a remarkable illustration by the discovery of an impression of such a signet on fine clay at Koyunjik, the site of the ancient Nineveh. This seal appears to have been impressed from the bezel of a metallic finger-ring. It is an oval, 2 inches in length by 1 inch wide, and bears the image, name, and titles of the Egyptian king Sabaco" (Rawlinson's Hist. Illus. of the O.T., p. 46). The actual signet-rings of two Egyptian kings (Cheops and Horus) have been discovered. (See Signet.)

The use of seals is mentioned in the New Testament only in connection with the record of our Lord's burial (Mt 27:66). The tomb was sealed by the Pharisees and chief priests for the purpose of making sure that the disciples would not come and steal the body away (ver. 63, 64). The mode of doing this was probably by stretching a cord across the stone and sealing it at both ends with sealing-clay. When God is said to have sealed the Redeemer, the meaning is, that he has attested his divine mission (Jn 6:27). Circumcision is a seal, an attestation of the covenant (Rom 4:11). Believers are sealed with the Spirit, as God's mark put upon them (Eph 1:13; 4:30). Converts are by Paul styled the seal of his apostleship, i.e., they are its attestation (1Cor 9:2). Seals and sealing are frequently mentioned in the book of Revelation (5:1; 6:1; 7:3; 10:4; 22:10).

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Simple English


Seal or SEAL may refer to articles connected to a variety of meanings:

=A marine mammal


Fixing or closing to give a tight fit

  • Seal (mechanical), a device to contain pressure.
  • Diaphragm seal, a flexible membrane that seals and isolates an enclosure

Symbol of authentication

  • Seal (device), a device used to produce an official stamp as a symbol of authority, or the impression left by a seal in sealing wax. (Origin: Latin sigillum = "small symbol", a diminutive of signum)
  • Cylinder seal, cylinder engraved with a picture story, used in ancient times to roll an impression onto a sheet of wet clay
  • Great Seal of the United States used since 1782 to authenticate some documents issued by the United States government
  • Great Seal of the Realm, a British institution for authorising the monarch's official documents a personal signature
  • Great Seal of Scotland allows the monarch to authorise documents without signing
  • Imperial Seal of Japan, called 菊の御紋 in Japanese, meaning "Noble Symbol of Chrysanthemum"
  • Lord Privy Seal or Lord Keeper of the Privy Seal is one of the traditional sinecure offices of state in the United Kingdom
  • Knights Templar Seal used to validate documents approved by the order
  • Seal of Solomon, a legendary magical signet ring said to have belonged to King Solomon
  • LMLK seal, stamped on handles of large storage jars around Jerusalem about 700 BC
  • Nintendo Seal of Quality is a gold seal used by Nintendo to show that a game is properly licensed to run on their game consoles

As a person's name

  • Barry Seal (Adler Berriman Seal), pilot and drug smuggler turned DEA informant
  • Brajendra Nath Seal (born 1864), Indian philosopher of the Brahmo Samaj, Vice Chancellor of Visva Bharati University
  • David Seal (born 1972), an Australian football (soccer) player
  • Jaynie Seal (born 1973), an Australian television presenter
  • Lou Seal (Luigi Francisco Seal, Jr.), the official mascot of the San Francisco Giants team in Major League Baseball
  • Manuel Seal, a staff songwriter and producer at Jermaine Dupri's So So Def Recordings
  • Pu Tong Seal (1346 AD), legendary Burmese hero
  • Seal (musician) (Henry Olusegun Olumide Adeola Samuel), an Afro-European soul singer who has released three albums named "Seal":
    • Seal (1991 album)
    • Seal (1994 album)
    • Seal (2003 album)

As a place name

Some of these names referred originally to the marine mammal.

  • Seal Bay Conservation Park, on Kangaroo Island, South Australia
  • Seal Beach, a city in Orange County, California, United States of America
    • Naval Weapons Station Seal Beach, a United States Navy weapons and munitions loading, storage and maintenance facility in Seal Beach, California
  • Seal Island, a small islet about 5.7 km off the northern beaches of False Bay near Cape Town in South Africa
  • Seal Island (South Shetland Islands), a group of small islands and rocks lying 3 to 6 miles northwest of Elephant Island in the South Shetland Islands
  • Machias Seal Island at 44°30′10″N, 67°6′10″W under disputed sovereignty between the United States and Canada
  • Seal Island Bridge, an arch truss bridge crossing the Great Bras d'Or channel in Victoria County, Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia
  • Seal Rock, a prominent rock offshore at the North end of Ocean Beach, San Francisco, United States
  • Seal Rocks, a small settlement in New South Wales, Australia
  • Seal, Kent, a village in Kent, England. (Origin: probably Anglo-Saxon sēale = "copse of sallow-trees")
  • Seals, Georgia

As an acronym

  • United States Navy SEALs, special forces of the United States Navy. (Origin: acronym from "SEa, Air, Land")
    • Advanced SEAL Delivery System, a midget submarine providing stealthy submerged transportation for special forces, primarily U.S. Navy SEALs
    • SEAL Recon Rifle, rifle developed to provide SEAL snipers with a portable, lightweight system with greater lethality
  • Semantics-directed Environment Adaptation Language, a computer programming language
  • SEAL (cipher), (Software-Optimized Encryption Algorithm), a fast cryptographic cipher
  • Safety Evidence Assurance Level, US government
  • SEAL (Computer Language), the Semantics-directed Environment Adaptation Language
  • SEAL (Sea Scout Leadership Training), a leadership training course for Sea Scouts youth in the Boy Scouts of America
  • Software Engineering and Ada Lab, NASA


  • HMS Seal (N37), a submarine of the Royal Navy
  • USS Seal has been used as the name of two submarines of the United States Navy
  • Red seal ships (朱印船), Japanese armed merchant sailing ships with a red-sealed patent (early 17th century)

In computers

  • SEAL, an open source Graphical User Interface for DOS ([1])

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