In this woodcut from 1868 by Frederick Grosse, sealers approach their prey on a treacherous reef. A law controlling sealing was passed in 1875, just in time to avoid total extinction of New Zealand seal species, and numbers have built up steadily since then.
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Auckland City Libraries - Tāmaki Pātaka Kōrero, Illustrated newspaper file. Illustrated Australian News
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