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Photo captions by Peter Gwin
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Belly of the Beast
Photograph by David McLain

A scallop is removed from the stomach of the dead walrus as the hunters butcher their fresh kill. In winter shellfish is hard to come by, so few hunters will pass up such a delicacy, opting to pop the morsel into their mouths while it's still warm from the walrus's belly. Greenlanders will use nearly every part of the 800-pound (360-kilogram) walrus. According to tradition the tusks, heart, and penis go to the hunter who made the kill. The rest of the meat, blubber, intestines, even the flippers, will be consumed by the eight humans and 56 dogs in this hunting party over the next four days of their journey.


Photo Fast Facts
Camera: Canon EOS 1N
Film Type: Fujichrome Velvia
Lens: 35mm
Speed and F-Stop: 1/2000 @ f/2.8

Weather Conditions: Clear and -25ºF
(-32ºC)
Time of Day: High noon
Lighting Techniques: Available light
Special Equipment or Comments: I love food more than almost anything, but I had to draw the line here even though I was tempted to eat raw shellfish out of a freshly harpooned walrus's stomach. I mean what a beautiful looking scallop!

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