Seal hunt

Seal hunt

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This image is part of the feature Living On Thin Ice

Credit: LOUISE MURRAY/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Seal hunt. Inuit hunter cutting a ringed seal into pieces. He is wearing trousers made from polar bear fur. Inuit people mostly hunt for ringed or bearded seals. The most common method is to lie in wait for a seal to appear from its breathing hole in the ice. The hunter uses a rifle shielded by a white blind and crawls along the ice until he is close enough to shoot. Seal meat provides food for Inuit people and their dogs. The skin is used to make waterproof shoes, known as kamiks. Melting ice and receding glaciers caused by global warming is altering the subsistence lifestyle of many Inuit people and the animals they hunt. Photographed in Qaanaaq, Greenland, in 2006.

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