Natural Science  Vol  12

Natural Science Vol 12

Written by: Charles Davies Sherborn

  • Publisher: Forgotten Books
  • Publish Date: 2017-10-11
  • ISBN-10: 0266156282
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Excerpt from Natural Science, Vol. 12: A Monthly Review of Scientific Progress, January-June 1898 There are few animals of greater biological interest than the fur-seals of the North Pacific, and all true naturalists are anxiously watching the negotiations now in progress between the British and American nations to prevent the complete sacrifice of these animals to the demands of commerce. At present they live in two great herds, frequenting respectively the Commander Islands off the Asiatic Coast, and the Pribylov Islands near Alaska. The herds have decreased in size during the last twenty-five years, and according to the Americans the decline is so ruinous that these animals have ceased to be of commercial value. For some years the Americans have been clamouring for more effective protection of the herds, and their demands led to the Paris arbitration, which resulted in the institution of a series of regulations to save further waste of seal life. This, it has been admitted, was merely a temporary expedient, and during the past two years a detailed study of the fur-seals on the Pribylov Islands has been carried on by an American and British Commission of naturalists, who have now come to a preliminary agreement as to the essential facts. The agreement has not yet been published in full, but it appears to show that the Americans have only too good reasons for believing that the seal herds require more efficient protection. We are pleased to observe that the essential facts are summarised in an article in the December number of the Contemporary Review, in which the case from the naturalists' point of view is clearly and simply stated. It appears that the fur-seals live most of the year at sea, but are compelled to resort to the land for breeding purposes, as the young cannot swim for the first month. The animals, therefore, land on the islands of the Behring Sea. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.

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