The old abandoned dock was a gloomy place.
All normal creatures avoided the rotting piles and collapsed wooden structures which irresistibly attracted criminal types .
Entering the area I expected to be met by some of the low-lifes that hung out there and I was not disappointed.
As soon as I was in the shadow of the ruin a sleek harbor seal stuck his pomaded snout out from behind some crates.
"Ahoy matey." he said, "You can STOP right there because no one is allowed to visit these premises--they are off limits to browsers."
"My name is Constable Crab." I said, "And I am here to speak with Leo the Leopard Seal."
"Constable Crab, is it?" sneered the harbor seal."Well you ARE a cheeky sneak..."
"Let him in!" roared a voice from somewhere inside the maze of fallen timbers, "I have been expecting him."
With a mock show of politeness, the harbor seal led me into the ruined dock and I was soon confronting the fearful bulk of one of the most ruthless residents of the sea, Leo the Leopard Seal.