National Geographic

@natgeo 4 months ago
Photo by Paul Nicklen @paulnicklen | A baby fur seal conceals itself in a pot to avoid a stampede of adult fur seals on South Georgia Island, Antarctica. At first glance this moment might seem cute, but there is a both an irony and a dark history here: These pots were used to boil the fat off of elephant seals, a pinniped like this fur seal, in the early 20th century, only a hundred years ago. Elephant seals were hunted for their body fat, and fur seals were nearly wiped out for their fur. When the killing eventually stopped, fur seals rebounded to their historic numbers, and today elephant seal populations are also healthy and thriving. Follow me @PaulNicklen to find out how you can join a movement striving to create healthier, more abundant oceans. #TurningTheTide #ExtinctionEndsHere #History #Seals

Photo by Paul Nicklen @paulnicklen | A baby fur seal conceals itself in a pot to avoid a stampede of adult fur seals on South Georgia Island, Antarctica. At first glance this moment might seem cute, but there is a both an irony and a dark history here: These pots were used to boil the fat off of elephant seals, a pinniped like this fur seal, in the early 20th century, only a hundred years ago. Elephant seals were hunted for their body fat, and fur seals were nearly wiped out for their fur. When the killing eventually stopped, fur seals rebounded to their historic numbers, and today elephant seal populations are also healthy and thriving. Follow me @PaulNicklen to find out how you can join a movement striving to create healthier, more abundant oceans. #TurningTheTide #ExtinctionEndsHere #History #Seals