National Geographic : 1968 Nov
Perky female pup, acquired to interest Shag, feeds from a syringe. No one knows ex actly when seals reach breed ing age. It may be two years for her; three or four for him. Pups arrive in early spring or summer, following seven and a half months of gestation. EKTACHROME(ABOVE)ANDKODACHROME © N.G.S. Surfer of all seasons, Shag rides winter waves returning from several days at sea. Young seals often travel long distances in their first few years but stay close to breeding grounds once they mate. but donned a wetsuit, waded into the surf, and started a game of water tag. Shag, full of enthusiasm, joined in immediately, streaking and porpoising around me. He again became a good-humored member of our household, following Nina as she did her chores, frolick ing on the beach with our dogs and children. As fall again gives way to winter, we won der if his long absences will begin anew. Or if the female seal pup (above) we acquired this summer, as we had Shag the year before, will anchor him more firmly to our hearth. Naturally we would like to see a second generation of seals come of this pair, but of course neither has yet reached breeding age. As if making the most of his bachelor years, Shag spends almost every night out on the tides. By day, his friendship with the new comer grows-even now we can see them swimming together well beyond the breakers. We realize the risks in this relationship, for Shag, with another seal at his side, may find life ashore less satisfying and turn his back on us forever. In the meantime, we can only wait -and watch-and hope that this wild crea ture, raised in freedom, will not desert us. 736 New map of Canada's Mount Kennedy area WHEN THE CANADIAN GOVERNMENT in 1965 named a 13,905-foot peak for the late President John F. Kennedy, world attention focused on a remote corner of the Yukon Territory. But no large-scale map of the region existed. Now, thanks to a research project directed by Dr. Bradford Washburn of the Boston Museum of Science, and sponsored by the museum and the National Geographic Society, The Massif of Mount Hubbard, Mount Alverstone, and Mount Kennedy has been charted in unprecedented detail. On a scale of two inches to the mile, the new map reflects the skills of Swiss cartographer Paul Ulmer, who studied hundreds of aerial photographs to inter pret rock structure and glacial detail, and Tibor G. Toth of the Society's cartographic staff, an expert in relief shading. Copies may be obtained from the National Geographic Society, Washing ton, D. C. 20036, for $1.00 folded, or $1.50 rolled, plus 15 cents for postage.