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A spotted seal swims in a partly frozen lake at Dongpaotai Park in Yantai, Shandong province, China, on December 25, 2012.

Winter, in The Atlantic: A bald eagle sits on a branch over the Des Moines River, in downtown Des Moines, Iowa, on January 8, 2013. Iowa's cold, icy winters drive the birds to rivers to forage for food when inland waters freeze over. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

This "Spring" weather may be less-than-ideal for us, but our seal rehab patient doesn't seem to mind it! Today's special snow enrichment was a hit!

West Beacon, Taylor valley, chain of the dry valleys (61°05’ S, 161°00’ E) by Yann Arthus-Bertrand

The bottom of the McMurdo Dry Valleys is one of the rare iceless places on Antarctic, is covered in polygonal patterns similar to those of a dried-up pond. Extreme temperature variations from summer to winter, when a six-month night envelops the continent and makes temperatures drop by 90°F (32°C), cause ice buried in the ground to freeze and thaw, creating this strange mineral tapestry. Patterns utterly similar to those of the Dry Valleys can be seen in the polar regions of the planet Mars.

Scenes from Antarctica

Penguins on a massive iceberg near the Antarctic Peninsula on November 28, 2003. (Kurtis Burmeister/National Science Foundation)