Are There Weirdos on the Loose in Venice?

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Yo Venice reader Stef McDonald writes in:

Only in Venice? How to explain the fact that a deceased seal (or sea
lion?) was dressed in clothes on the shore at Venice breakwater today?
Hmmmm. We saw a lifeguard vehicle race across the sand with its siren
on and we spotted several police cars parked near Windward. By the
rocks, three yellow lifeguard vehicles were parked on the sand and
surfers, joggers, and bikers were gathered by the graffiti wall to see
what the fuss was about. This did not look good. Then the officers
stopped on their way back to their cars to tell us what they found,
explaining that it was a prank (and not the first time they’ve been
victim to a prank like this). Obviously, we were all relieved to find
out that no person was hurt, but the discovery that a seal was dressed
in pants and a shirt left us perplexed. Who would take the time to
find clothing for–and actually dress–a dead mammal?

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