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The sick at Fort Clatsop continue to recover. The men have made a large supply of moccasins and leather clothing for the return trip. The Captains describe the sea otter, American mink, and harbor seal.

not anything transpired during this day worthy of particular notice.
the men have provided themselves very amply with mockersons and leather cloathing.

Meriwether Lewis

Plateau style moccasin

An old, hand-sewn leather mocassin

Photo courtesy of Nez Perce National Historical Park, NEPE 2383.

The Sea Otter is found on the sea coast and in the salt water.
this anamal when fully grown is as large as a common mastive [mastiff] dog.
the ears and eyes are remarkaby small, particularly the former which is not an inch in length thick fleshey and pointed covered with short hair.

Meriwether Lewis

Sea otter, Enhydra lutris

Very furry rodent-like animal floating on its back

Photo © Mike Baird. Permission via the Creative Commons 2.0 License.

The mink is found in the woody country on this coast, and dose not differ in any particu from those of the Atlantic coast.

Meriwether Lewis

American mink, Mustela vison

Long, black, furry rodent in the forest

Photo created by the National Park Service.

the seal are found here in great numbers, and as far up the Columbia river as the great falls above which there are none.
the skins of such as I have seen are covered with a short coarse stiff and glossey hair of a redish bey brown colour. tho' the anamal while in the water or as we saw them frequently in the river appear to be black and spoted with white sometimes.

Meriwether Lewis

Harbor seal, Phoca vitulina

Large seal laying on the sandy beach

Photo ©2007 Andreas Trepte. Permission via the Creative Commons 2.5 License.