Chapter 23 Summary

The Aleut hunters have left many wounded otters behind them. Some float to land and die there; others Karana kills because they are obviously suffering. She finds one young otter that has not been badly hurt. It is lying in a bed of bull kelp, and she would have paddled right past it if Rontu did not bark. A strand of kelp is wound around its body, something otters do when they want to sleep; however, this one has a deep gash across his back. The otter does not try to escape when she reaches for it, and his normally large eyes are open so wide in pain and fear that she can see herself reflected in them.

She cuts the strands of kelp and takes the animal to a sheltered tide pool by a reef. Karana catches two fish and is...

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