Our Northern Domain; Alaska, Picturesque, Historic And Commercial by Nathan Haskell Dole

Our Northern Domain; Alaska, Picturesque, Historic And Commercial

byNathan Haskell Dole

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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. 1910. Excerpt: ... CHAPTER XVI. SEALS, SEA-LIONS AND WALRUS. HE one hundred and seventieth degree west from Greenwich passes through the East Cape of Siberia, cuts through the very centre of St. Lawrence Island and divides the Pribilof Islands. Here it is interesting to make a pause and observe the habits of the fur-bearing seal, or, as it should properly be called, the sea-bear. The discovery of the islands has already been mentioned. They are now under the protection of the United States Government, which maintains a guard over them to see that poachers do not land for the purpose of killing the few seals that are left. The cause of the tremendous reduction in the number of seals resorting to these islands is now universally recognized to be pelagic fishing. As Canadian sealers were engaged in the destructive pursuit of the seals, as the skins were dressed in London and formed an important industry there, an international conference was held in Paris in 1893; the testimony seemed conflicting, and the two countries agreed to limit pelagic sealing by prohibiting it at any time within sixty miles of the Pribilof Islands and permitting it to be followed in the rest of Bering Sea for ninety days following May 1. Two years later it was estimated that the herds of seals which numbered fully two milions--some extravagantly put it at five millions--in 1867 had been reduced to about 200,000. Indeed it was gravely suggested by Professor Huxley that it would not be such a very serious loss to mankind if the seals were all extirpated. He said, very cynically:--' Mankind will not suffer much if the ladies are obliged to do without seal-skin jackets, and the fraction of the English, Canadian and American population which lives on the seal-skin industry will be no worse off than the vast...

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Title:Our Northern Domain; Alaska, Picturesque, Historic And CommercialFormat:PaperbackDimensions:66 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.14 inPublished:February 2, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217244319

ISBN - 13:9780217244312

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