National Geographic : 1952 Apr
Victor B. Slchefer and Karl W. Kenyon virtually unchanged since their discovery by Gerassim Pribilof in 1786 and 1787. There are 15 breeding grounds on St. Paul and six on St. George, each with its near-by hauling ground where the young male seals, too young to breed, gather in masses. These have the best fur. Drive of Young Males Begins From the hauling grounds, selected animals are driven for the yearly harvest. Since some of these grounds are large and others are small, they are grouped for convenience, so that a round is completed every five days. Polovina is a rather large rookery. It furnishes enough skins for one day's work. About a quarter of a mile from Polovina the procession stopped. "The wind is from the east, so I think we better make the pickup from the west end," 350 Aleuts Call St. Paul Village Home; Three Seal Colonies Live on the Neck of Land Next Door Villagers help with sealing in summer, trap foxes, and maintain and repair roads and build ings. In summer, soupy fogs roll in; winter's fierce winds pile up huge snowdrifts and ice floes. Each summer Aleuts from Alaska and the Aleu tian Islands come to St. Paul to work in the by products plant, where seal meat and blubber are rendered. Top: The Russian Orthodox Church in this lonely village was established in Tsarist days. It has a Russian-born priest. Lower: Radio station KVR (left) is operated by the Fish and Wildlife Service. July's visiting seals are barely visible on the dis tant peninsula. Sea Lion Rock lies behind the rookeries.