Tag Archive for Alaska

Alaskan whales mass mortality event

News snippet: Mystery Surrounds ‘Unusual’ Death of 30 Large Whales in Alaska Thirty large whales have died in the western Gulf of Alaska since May, now deemed an “unusual mortality event” by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). The historical average for this time-frame is eight deaths, said Julie Speegle, a spokeswoman for NOAA…

Bad science Writing Example A: Linking plesiosaurs to the Loch Ness Monster

An obviously inexperienced science journalist latches on to the mistaken and downright nonsensical idea that plesiosaurs = Loch Ness Monster. Then, media outlets propagate the silliness. The fossil remains of a giant marine reptile have just been discovered by a team of researchers from the University Of Alaska Museum Of The North. The remains were…

Did it rain lampreys in Alaska? Not really

When sea creatures appear on your lawn, you might wonder how the heck they got there. The Alaska Department of Fish and Game says they are falling from the mouths of gulls. FAIRBANKS—Adult Arctic lampreys have fallen from the sky four times this week in Fairbanks, including at the Value Village parking lot, according to…

Beaver chomps dog

Beavers are hazardous. Beaver attack on dog prompts warnings for University Lake | Anchorage | ADN.com. After a beaver bit his dog Wednesday morning at Anchorage’s University Lake dog park, Ira Levinton ran to the lake’s edge, ready to jump in and save the 8-year-old shepherd-husky mix, he said. But Levinton tripped. He was in…

Possible oil spill spotted via Google Maps (Updated: Conoco says no)

Environmental surveillance via Google? Interesting. Someone needs to ground truth this disturbing feature. Daily Dot | Did Google Maps capture a hidden oil spill in the Alaskan wilderness?. The other day climate blogger and environmental consultant Michael Cote shared a gorgeous aerial photograph of the North Alaskan shore. In the image, you can see bands of…

Alaskan orange goo mystery solved

Mystery of Alaskan “Goo” Rust Solved at Last | The Artful Amoeba, Scientific American Blog Network. Last fall the small Alaskan coastal village of Kivalina was inundated by a mysterious orange “goo”(click for photo). Locals and others suspected a toxic algal bloom (see here for image), or perhaps some sort of chemical release, or millions…

Killer whales die in Alaskan river

This Just In. A team of four NOAA veterinarians and a killer whale specialist from SeaWorld, San Diego will begin necropsies Tuesday on two wayward killer whales whose carcasses were found in Alaska’s Nushagak River. The two whales that died and another that has not been spotted since the weekend had sparked concern from scientists…