THE Eskimos spend much time in hunting seals. Sometimes the men go out in their boats and try to throw their harpoons into the seals as they swim in the water or are lying on the large blocks of ice.
There is another way the Eskimos hunt seals. In the far north, the ice on the ocean is very thick; but the seal comes up under the ice and scratches a hole through it with its sharp claws. Then it makes a little dome through the snow which covers the ice.
Through this snow dome, the seal makes an opening just large enough to let in some air. These holes are so small that the Eskimos often pass without seeing them.
Here the seal comes to breathe. It breathes in short gasps, which can easily be beard. If the Eskimo bears a seal blowing, he seats himself on a block of ice to wait for it to come again.