Sea-elephants and fur-seals were formerly plentiful.
The Greek language occurs in their official seals down to the 13th century.
The influence of Newcastle and Sandwich, however, was too strong for him; he was thwarted and over-reached; and in 1748 he resigned the seals, and returned to cards and his books with the admirable composure which was one of his most striking characteristics.
Fur-seals are still found in Kerguelen, though their numbers have been reduced by reckless slaughter.
The food of the white bear consists chiefly of seals and fish, in pursuit of which it shows great power of swimming and diving, and a considerable degree of sagacity; but its food also includes the carcases of whales, birds and their eggs, and grass and berries when these can be had.