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Putnam, David Binney / David goes voyaging
(1925)

Hood Island,   pp. [63]-70


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DAVID GOES VOYAGING 
laughed aloud he gave a curious grunt and 
slid into the water. 
  We noticed that several of the sea lions had 
eye disease, many of the little pups being 
entirely blind, and the older ones having per. 
haps one eye dimmed with a white film. So 
Bill Merriam shot one of them, brought it to 
the boat, and the doctor took the eyes out to 
study the sickness. 
  I went ashore with the crew one day, and 
we got a huge log which was covered with 
barnacles. We pushed it back into the water 
again and played with it, diving and climb- 
ing over it and fooling with it as we would a 
raft at home. The water is beautifully clear, 
the white sand and the black rocks showing 
up perfectly clearly for many feet deep. Of 
course we were all terribly scratched with 
rough housing, but it was good fun and fine 
exercise. 
  I lifted up some of the black rocks along the 
beach at low tide and found a small octopus. 
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