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.
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.