Cleaning skins in brine tanks, Fur Seal Processing Plant

Recorded on October 2, 2003


From this room right here we had the skins on top of a wheeled table.

We'd wheel the skins, and we brought the skins on the table next to the ringer and then put the skins in the ringer, push on the lever to start the ringer up to squeeze all the excessive moisture because it's going into a brine solution, which we don't want to dilute.

As a skin comes through the ringer, it goes into a revolving brine solution, by revolving I mean counter-clockwise moved by these paddled wheels that are run by electric motors.

To prepare the brine, we move over to a section where the salt sacks were stored in this corner of the building.

We took the salt sacks and dumped them into this trough here and then they were conveyored up on the inside of this rectangular metal box, dropped into the salt water that was pumping through here.

As the salt solution is mixing in here to a certain percentage of brine, I believe it's around 98% pure, pure brine, and we come down to the bottom of the tank, we have a stainless steel tube here, and believe it or not after 32 years it still works.

And we'd open this and put the brine into the tank.

As the skins are soaking in the brine, it's not only preserving the skin but it's also killing anything that might be on the skin and keeping the fur from falling out of the skin or the skin rotting during shipment.