Report on the Prybilov Group, Or, Seal Islands, of Alaska

Report on the Prybilov Group, Or, Seal Islands, of Alaska

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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. 1873 edition. Excerpt: ... limbs, and trunks of a forest grove." They commenced to return as soon as we left the ground. The voice of the sea-lion is a deep, grand roar, and does not have the flexibility of the Callorhinu.:, being confined to a low, muttering growl or this bass roar. The pups are very playful, but are most always silent. Vhen they do utter sound, it is a sharp, short, querulous growling. THE DRIVE or THE SEA-LIONS ox SAINT PAUL's ISLAND.--Th6 natives have a very high appreciation of the sea-lion, or see m'fchie, as they call it, and base this regard upon the superior quality of the flesh, fat, and hide for making covers for their skin-boats, biriarkies and bidarrahs, sinews, intestines, &c. As I have before said, the sea-lion seldom hauls back far from the water, generally very close to the surf-margin, and in this position it becomes quite a ditiicult task for the natives to approach and get in between it and the sea unobserved, for, unless this silent approach is made, the beast will at once take the alarm and bolt into the water. By reference to my map of Saint Paul's, a small point, near the head of the northeast neck of the Island, will be seen, upon which quite a large number of sea-lions are always to be found, as it is never disturbed except on the occasion of this annual driving. The natives step down on to the beach, in the little bight just above it, and commence to crawl on all fours and flattened out on the sand, down to the end of the neck and in between the dozing sea-lion herd and the water, always selecting a semi-bright moonlight night. If the wind is favorable, and none of the men meet with an accident, the natives will almost always succeed in reaching the point unobserved, when, at a given signal, more

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  • Paperback | 64 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 3mm | 132g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236970500
  • 9781236970503