National Geographic : 1911 Dec
Photofrom Hugh M.Smith, U.S.Bureau ofFisheries This rookery, at the southern end of St. Paul Island, is nearly a mile in length. and formerly had an enormous number ofseals, perhaps 500,000, but now contains only a few scattered harems. mostly of small size. In the middle fore-round are several "pods" ofpups. When thepups areonly a few days old they leave the family circle and conPregate together on the outskirts of the harem, where theysleep and play. This "podding" serves the useful purpose of keeping the pups out of the way of fighting and trampling bulls.