In the Polar Regions; Or, Nature and Natural History in the Frozen Zone

In the Polar Regions; Or, Nature and Natural History in the Frozen Zone

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1882 edition. Excerpt: ...of the native races of the far north with their rude weapons and frail canoes. In spite of sad drawbacks, however, the Aleuts in the north-west and the Eskimos in the north do not hesitate to attack, and frequently succeed in capturing, the leviathan of the deep. When the Aleut, ever alert in his tiny skiff, catches sight of a whale, he stealthily approaches it from behind, until near its head, when suddenly he drives his spear into its flanks, just beneath the front fin. This done, he makes ALEUT AND ESKIMO WHALE-HUNTING. 119 off with all speed, so as to escape the vengeance of the creature, now rendered furious with pain. Should the spear have entered the flesh, the whale is certain to die a day or two after, and its carcass will, in all probability, be cast ashore in the neighbourhood, where the hardy Aleut is waiting to claim it as his own--a claim which is made good by an examination of the spear, which always bears its owner's mark. He has not always, however, the good fortune to get out of reach of the wounded whale; and when thus caught, the Aleut, with his light craft, is hurled by a single blow of its tail high into the air. Nor is this the only misfortune that may happen to a native whaler. The creature, although killed, may be carried out to sea, and there fall a prey to sharks, whale-killers, and rapacious birds. Thus in 1831, out of one hundred and eighteen whales fatally speared near Kadjaok, only forty-three were found. f. The Eskimos hunt the whale in. companies, and among certain tribes it is usual for the women to take part in the work. When a whale ia, sfeeh, a fleet of kayacks, manned by the Eskimos, paddle up in-: its.rear, one of which then shoots ahead of the others, until sufficiently near the creature's side for one more

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