National Geographic : 1911 Dec
Photofrom Hugh M. Smith, U.S.Bureau of Fisheries ZAPADNI ROOKERY : ST. GEORGE ISLAND This view, taken in 19o6, shows but a vestige of the great body of seals that once frequented the entire beach asthickly asthe remnant here shown. Since 1906 this rookery has been still further contracted. In the early years of American occupancyZapadni contained probably not less than 50,000 seals, and in 1873 the pelts of over 7,500 surplus bachelors were taken here. In 1910 not a single seal was killed on this rookery.