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Biologists use a hook fastened to a pole to try and disentangle a female Northern fur seal at a rookery on St. George Island in Alaska’s Pribilof Islands. If she grows any more, she will die, and her pup will then die from starvation.

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A female Northern fur seal and her pup at a rookery on St. George Island in Alaska’s Pribilof Islands. She’s become entangled in some debris — if she grows any more, she will die, and her pup will then die from starvation. Biologists later try to use a hook fastened to a pole to remove the debris, unsuccessfully.

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Biologists use a hook fastened to a pole to try and disentangle a female Northern fur seal at a rookery on St. George Island in Alaska’s Pribilof Islands. If she grows any more, she will die, and her pup will then die from starvation.

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A female Northern fur seal and her pup at a rookery on St. George Island in Alaska’s Pribilof Islands. She’s become entangled in some debris — if she grows any more, she will die, and her pup will then die from starvation. Biologists later try to use a hook fastened to a pole to remove the debris, unsuccessfully.

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A female Northern fur seal and her pup at a rookery on St. George Island in Alaska’s Pribilof Islands. She’s become entangled in some debris — if she grows any more, she will die, and her pup will then die from starvation. Biologists later try to use a hook fastened to a pole to remove the debris, unsuccessfully.

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A female Northern fur seal at a rookery on St. George Island in Alaska’s Pribilof Islands. She’s become entangled in some debris — if she grows any more, she’ll die. Biologistslater try to use a hook fastened to a pole to remove the debris, unsuccessfully.

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Biologist Brian deLong reaches into a Northern fur seal rookery with a pole to retrieve a dead pup for necropsy on St. George Island in Alaska’s Pribilof Islands. Both seal and sea lion populations have declined sharply in recent years due to human overfishing.

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A female Northern fur seal at a rookery on St. George Island in Alaska’s Pribilof Islands. She’s become entangled in some debris — if she grows any more, she’ll die. Biologistslater try to use a hook fastened to a pole to remove the debris, unsuccessfully.

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Biologist Terry Spraker looks out over a Northern fur sealrookery on St. George Island in Alaska’s Pribilof Islands. Both seal and sea lion populations have declined sharply inrecent years due to human overfishing.

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Biologist Brian deLong reaches into a Northern fur seal rookery with a pole to retrieve a dead pup for necropsy on St. George Island in Alaska’s Pribilof Islands. Both seal and sea lion populations have declined sharply in recent years due to human overfishing.

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Biologist Terry Spraker (background) and his assistant Brian deLong reach into a Northern fur seal rookery with a pole to retrieve a dead pup for necropsy on St. George Island in Alaska’s Pribilof Islands. Both seal and sea lion populations have declined sharply in recent years due to human overfishing.

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Biologist Terry Spraker reaches into a Northern fur seal rookery with a pole to retrieve a dead pup for necropsy on St.George Island in Alaska’s Pribilof Islands. Both seal and sea lion populations have declined sharply in recent years due to human overfishing.

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Biologist Terry Spraker and his assistant Brian deLong examine a female Northern fur seal killed by two males in a rookery on St. George Island in Alaska’s Pribilof Islands. Both seal and sea lion populations have declined sharply in recent years due to human overfishing.

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Northern fur seals (Vulnerable Red List status) at a rookery on St. George Island in the Pribilofs (Alaska).

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Northern fur seals at a rookery on St. George Island in the Pribilofs (Alaska.) The species is listed as vulnerable on the IUCN Red List.

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Northern fur seals (Vulnerable Red List status) at a rookery on St. George Island in the Pribilofs (Alaska).

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Northern fur seals at a rookery on St. George Island in the Pribilofs (Alaska.) The species is listed as vulnerable on the IUCN Red List.

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Northern fur seal sunning itself at a rookery on St. George Island in the Pribilofs (Alaska.) The species is listed as vulnerable on the IUCN Red List.

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Male and female Northern fur seals at a rookery on St. George Island in the Pribilofs (Alaska.) The species is listed as vulnerable on the IUCN Red List.

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Northern fur seals at a rookery on St. George Island in the Pribilofs (Alaska.) The species is listed as vulnerable on the IUCN Red List.

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Northern fur seal and pup at a rookery on St. George Island in the Pribilofs (Alaska.) The species is listed as vulnerable on the IUCN Red List.

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Northern fur seal at a rookery on St. George Island in the Pribilofs (Alaska.) The species is listed as vulnerable on the IUCN Red List.

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Northern fur seal at a rookery on St. George Island in the Pribilofs (Alaska.) The species is listed as vulnerable on the IUCN Red List.

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Northern fur seal at a rookery on St. George Island in the Pribilofs (Alaska.) The species is listed as vulnerable on the IUCN Red List.

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A Northern fur seal rushes the camera at a rookery on St. George Island in the Pribilofs (Alaska.) The species is listed as vulnerable on the IUCN Red List.

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Northern fur seals at a rookery on St. George Island in the Pribilofs (Alaska.) The species is listed as vulnerable on the IUCN Red List.

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Northern fur seals (Vulnerable Red List status) at a rookery on St. George Island in the Pribilofs (Alaska).

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A Northern fur seal rushes the camera at a rookery on St. George Island in the Pribilofs (Alaska.) The species is listed as vulnerable on the IUCN Red List.

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Northern fur seals (Vulnerable Red List status) at a rookery on St. George Island in the Pribilofs (Alaska).

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Northern fur seal (Vulnerable Red List status) with discarded rope caught around its neck at a rookery on St. George Island in the Pribilofs (Alaska).

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A scientist studies Northern fur seals (Vulnerable Red Liststatus) at a rookery on St. George Island in the Pribilofs (Alaska).

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Northern fur seals (Vulnerable Red List status) at a rookery on St. George Island in the Pribilofs (Alaska).

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Northern fur seals (Vulnerable Red List status) and shorebirds at a rookery on St. George Island in the Pribilofs (Alaska).

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Northern fur seals (Vulnerable Red List status) at a rookery on St. George Island in the Pribilofs (Alaska).

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An Arctic fox (Alopex lagopus) on St. Paul Island in the Pribilofs, Alaska.

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An Arctic fox (Alopex lagopus) on St. George Island in the Pribilofs, Alaska.

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