Report of the Scientific Results of the Voyage of S.Y. "Scotia" During the Years 1902, 1903, and 1904; Under the Leadership of William S. Bruce ... Volume 4

Report of the Scientific Results of the Voyage of S.Y. "Scotia" During the Years 1902, 1903, and 1904; Under the Leadership of William S. Bruce ... Volume 4

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1908 edition. Excerpt: ...but very unwillingly. We put two adelias in a seal hole, and in less than a minute they re-appeared with a sudden leap over two feet into the air, and, holding themselves in an erect position, they landed on the ice. Two seals with fairly well developed pups were lying near the trap-hole. We drove them both in, but the youngsters would not follow. First one came out of the hole and moved towards the nearest youngster, but it turned out not to be hers, so she passed on to the other, and a mutual sniffing and rubbing of noses ensued, accompanied by various cries presumably indicative of joy. The rejected baby followed the adult, but when she saw it she turned and snarled at it as if warning it off, but made no attempt 1 The largest rookeries in Scotia Bay were at Point Martin and along the coast and on the islets in the vicinity to north and south. to injure it. The baby took the hint and moved away to await the return of its own mother. Three male seals at Point Martin. In addition to the penguins, gulls, nellies and snowies were seen in plenty. Oct. llth.--The penguins were visited again to-day at their rookeries, and several stray ones moving northward were seen on the floe. At the near penguin rookery at the "Half-moon" glacier were about 120 penguins--gentoos and adelias in about ejual numbers. At our approach they showed some alarm, but when they saw we did not intend to disturb them, the adelias resumed their work of nest-building. The gentoos, who were all on the lower part of the rookery and had not yet begun to build, showed much more fear and cleared out in a body at first, to return a little later, but with evident concern for their safety, and possibly serious doubts as to the desirability of the place for nesting....show more

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  • Paperback | 58 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 3mm | 122g
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  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236569547
  • 9781236569547