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Extreme Food - What to Eat When Your Life Depends on It... by Bear Grylls

Extreme Food - What to Eat When Your Life Depends on It... by Bear Grylls

Author:Bear Grylls
Language: eng
Format: azw3
ISBN: 9780593074367
Publisher: Transworld Publishers Limited
Published: 2014-10-23T20:42:16+00:00


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You can find seals in the Arctic as well as the Antarctic. Arctic seals, however, are a major food source for polar bears. Where you find one, you often find the other. And it’s not unheard of for polar bears to kill seal hunters.

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SEALS

Don’t be fooled by a seemingly recumbent seal. Large specimens can be aggressive: they can rear up and attack you. In a survival situation, your best bet is to go after seal pups. They can’t swim and can easily be despatched by a sturdy club on the head. (Many are killed like this by seal hunters – you might have seen the tragic footage of this brutal over-hunting, so you really must only consider this to be an option in a genuine survival situation.) Alternatively, you can find a seal hole in the ice and wait for an adult specimen to come up for air before spearing it – but it’s a hard way to catch your supper, requiring plenty of patience (and if you’ve spent a long time without food, time might not be on your side).

There’s a lot of good meat on a seal – make sure you cook it first, though, as it can harbour a nasty parasitic worm that causes trichinosis. Don’t eat the liver – in common with polar bears (which I don’t recommend you think of as a food source, because they’re up there with crocs as one of the most dangerous animals in the world) it contains a toxic level of Vitamin A. There is a lot of blubber on a seal, too, which you might at first be tempted to eat for the calories. But be careful: your body will need a lot of water to process that fat. You can also render the fat down to use as fuel.



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