Résultats du voyage du S.Y. Belgica en 1897-1898-1899 : sous le commandement de A. de Gerlache de Gomery. Rapports scientifiques publiés aux frais du gouvernement belge, sous la direction de la Commission de la Belgica

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This book made available by the Internet Archive.SEALSBYG. E. H. BARRETT-HAMILTONThrough the courtesy of the authorities of the British Musum of Natural History theseals collected in the Antarctic by the Belgian Antarctic Expdition hve been placedin my hands for study. The collection is not large, but is the first in which thespcimens hve been properlv prepared and the sex ascertained. Ail the Phocidaeinhabiting the Antarctic Seas (except the Elphant Seal) are represented, thespcimens having been obtained from the pack-ice east of the Palmer Archipelago,where the Belgica was for so long confined. In addition there is an immaturespcimen of the South American sea lion, Otaria jubata Schr. from Argentina.Amongst the greatest rarities are four skulls, a skeleton and two skins of WeddeH'sseal, Leptony-chotcs Weddelli (Lesson). Of this species the British Musumpossesses only four skulls, but two are imperfect. Of even more interest are twoskeletons (with skulls) of Ross' seal, Ommatophoca Ro...

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