National Geographic : 1997 Mar
MATERNAL INSTINCTS Angelic bearded seal pups are effective "bait" to lure mothers onto the ice. We color mark a pup for identification and hold it near the ice edge so its mother can nuzzle it to make sure it's hers (facing page, at top). Then we'll back away and hold the pup (right). With luck the mother follows, and we jump her with a net (below). This is a bit of a grunt: Adult bearded seal moms can weigh more than 850 pounds. But we feel our low-tech method is safer than drugging or using aquatic nets that could cause drowning. And it works. *(?&*«*...