National Geographic : 1922 Apr
420 THE NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC MAGAZINE "DEAD TO THE WORLD" The chief business in the life of the sea-elephant is sleeping. The animal usually lies on its back, with the nostrils tightly closed most of the time. There is no danger of its sleep being mistaken for death, however, for its flippers are moving nervously, now scratching its sides, now its head, and from time to time scooping up mud or sand, which is scattered over the body. A SEA-ELEPHANT "COW" AND HER "PUP" The mother is scratching herself, while her offspring gaily waves its hind flippers and the skua gull looks on.