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NATIONAL ARCHIVES AND RECORDS ADMINISTRATION - PACIFIC ALASKA REGION

For you impatient audiophiles, here's the audio/podcast of SEAL: The Case of The Vanishing Seals (An Alaskan Island Mystery), airing Mar. 28 - 31 on KUCB.

    

You can read the full story (and ogle more photos of the seals and the Pribilof Islands) at KUCB.org.

KUCB/John Ryan photo

Chapter 1. An Amazing Disaster

From a viewing blind in the middle of a seal rookery on Alaska's remote Pribilof Islands, it can be hard to fathom this place once holding vastly more life than it does now.

Untold thousands of chubby brown bodies drape over boulders and sprawl across the tundra into the distance: northern fur seals. Their bleating, groaning and barking fill the cool, salty air.

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