their noses farthest ahead, as if the main dependence. Always turn and run or walk fast after coming near enough to get a good view of the ship. The ease with which they walk up out of the water is very marked, shake splendidly on account of being so fast, and send the spray flying; visible at a hundred yards or more. Saw walruses also – a mother and young. This evidently is the true home of the polar bear. The ice south of Wrangel Land evidently has not yet moved at all for at least 12 to 18 miles. It is melted into holes here and there and is decaying fast. 12 Aug. Landed on Wrangel Land. 13 Aug. Wild iceless day, cloudy but clear and nearly calm. Temp. 45. Going to Cape Lisburne to coal if possible, and get news. 14 Aug. Cloudy heavy swell. Temp. 53, water 48. 7 P.M. A remarkable temperature in so dark a day.
Original journal dimensions: 11.5 x 21 cm.
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