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The Chill of the Hunt
Photograph by Brian Skerry

There's little physical friction these days out on the ice, where a hunter drags a dead seal to a boat. In years past, animal-welfare activists sparred with hunters over the killing of whitecoat pups. The activists prevailed: In 1983 the European Economic Community banned importation of the fur, and in 1987 Canada outlawed commercial hunting of pups. Now the Canadian government allows the harvesting of weaned and molted seals within established quotas, totalling 975,000 for the years 2003 to 2005.

Photo Fast Facts

Camera: Nikon F5
Film Type: Fujichrome Velvia
Lens: 80-400mm
Speed and F-Stop: 1/125 @ f/4
Weather Conditions: Partly cloudy
Time of Day: 5 p.m.
Lighting Techniques: Natural light


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