Sealo the Seal Man
Stanislaus Berent, born on November 24, 1901, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, was an American performer known as Sealo the Seal Boy. He became famous for his seal-like arms, a result of the congenital condition phocomelia. His career started when he was discovered as a newspaper seller and continued for thirty-five years, including performances at Coney Island’s freak show and the World Circus Sideshow in 1941. Despite his physical challenges, he demonstrated impressive abilities, such as sawing crates in half and sculpting clay figurines. He retired in 1976, moving to Showmen’s Retirement Village in Gibsonton, Florida, but returned to Pittsburgh as his health declined. He spent his final days in a Catholic hospital and passed away in 1980.