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Weddel Seals Asleep on the Sea-ice

ZBA2283.19
Miscellaneous Antiquities

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Object ID ZBA2283.19
Description No 19. from Players cigarette cards, second series of 25, 'Polar Exploration'. The front shows two seals, captioned: 'Player's Cigarettes WEDDEL SEALS ASLEEP.' Reverse: 'Weddel Seals Asleep on the Sea-ice. These seals supply all that is required in the way of fresh meat for an Antarctic Expedition. The flesh in taste is somewhat similar to veal, the liver being a special delicacy. An average full grown seal weighs 700 lbs, and yields quite 2 cwt. of good meat. The hide is of little commercial value, this class of seal being quite different to the little fur-bearing animal. The Weddel Seal feeds on shrimps and fish, and having gorged himself with food he sleeps for days on the ice-floe.'
Date made 1916

Credit National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London
Materials card
Measurements Overall: 1 mm x 67 mm x 36 mm
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