The Hunter's Breath: On Expedition with the Weddell Seals of the Antarctic

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Rowman & Littlefield, 2004 - Nature - 276 pages
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The only mammal on earth able to survive year-round in the most extreme Antarctic temperatures is the Weddell seal, and it holds a wealth of knowledge for scientists. This is the story of a dedicated group that went to Antarctica to study this largely unknown creature. In the course of the journey, they learned that every day in this harsh climate brings with it the possibility of blizzards, frostbite, and high winds. On the coldest, driest, and windiest continent on the planet, there is scant room for error. Yet, this intrepid group, led by the author, managed to find not only the seals in this wilderness, but other, never-before-seen life forms on the ocean floor.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
The Lords of Antarctica
5
To the Ice
13
The Team
23
Gatherings
39
Weddell World
55
Seals and Scientists on Ice
71
Hot Bodies
89
Lost in the Storm
135
The Hunters Breath
155
Sink or Swim
173
The Cost of a Hot Meal
193
Racing the Ice
213
Worlds Apart
233
The Last Look
245
The Antarctic Explorers
265

Life and Death in Antarctica
103
Living with Neighbors
115
The Big Plunge
125
Scientific Papers from the Expedition
273
Acknowledgements
274
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