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Science & Environment

Science and environmental reporting on news and community topics. Science coverage is occasionally provided by community members.

Entangled Whale sighted in Unalaska Bay

Oct 27, 2015
Melissa Good / Marine Advisory Program

Attention mariners: Please keep a sharp lookout for an entangled humpback whale last seen in Unalaska Bay. Do not approach closely or attempt to free it. If you sight this animal or any marine mammal in distress, maintain 100 yards distance and please call the NOAA Fisheries' 24/7 response Hotline at  877- 925-7773. If unable to call, please radio the U.S. Coast Guard on VHF CH. 16 and they will relay the report.

The Weatherman At The End Of The Western World

Oct 21, 2015
John Ryan / KUCB

William Wells lives and works at what may be the nation's most remote weather station. It's 300 miles off the west coast of Alaska (and 500 miles off the east coast of Siberia) in the Bering Sea. Even by St. Paul Island standards, his station is remote: it's off by itself, a few miles away from the village of 400 700 people who call St. Paul home.

Each afternoon, he walks from his office into a two-story-tall garage to fill up a six-foot-wide balloon with hydrogen gas.

John Ryan / KUCB

Biologists and tribal officials in the Bering Sea off the west coast of Alaska are working to protect one of the world's greatest gatherings of seabirds. With a little unwilling help from wharf rats in Alaska's Dutch Harbor, the nation's busiest fishing port, they aim to keep rats as far away as Seattle from devouring the birds of the rat-free Pribilof Islands.

Local Shellfish Test High For Toxins

Oct 8, 2015

Mussels collected from Little Priest Rock in Unalaska this summer tested positive for high levels of toxins that cause paralytic shellfish poisoning, or PSP. That’s according to Melissa Good of the Alaska Sea Grant Marine Advisory Program.

Good said that throughout the summer, she’s been collecting blue mussels from Unalaska for analysis by the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation. The last of the collection ended on September 30. Once the data is in and analyzed, Good promised to present a community lecture on her findings.

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