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    Seabird die-offs in Alaska: Should we be concerned?

    Some of the largest and most diverse seabird populations in the world are found in Alaskan waters. Seabirds are good indicators of ecosystem health in many ways including fish abundance, chemical contamination, particulate pollution, and general oceanic conditions. So the recent increased number of seabird deaths in Homer, the Alaska Peninsula and the eastern edge […]

    The killer whales are back!

    Photo by Barbara Lestenkof, St. Paul Island.

    Recent sightings of killer whales posted by community members are the latest in a long history of observations around the Pribilof and Aleutian Islands. So, what do we know about them?

    Killer whales (Orcinus Orca), often referred to as Orca, are apex predators that roam all the […]

    Sleeper Shark

    Pacific sleeper shark recently captured by John W. Melovidov and Charles Stepetin on Sept. 3, 2015 near St. Paul Island.

    The Pacific sleeper shark (Somniosus pacificus) recently captured and posted by John W. Melovidov and Charles Stepetin on Sept. 3, 2015 near St. Paul Island is the most abundantly caught shark in the Bering […]

    Ribbon Seals hauling out on Beringwatch

    Ribbon seal photographed by Akutan Sentinel Mike Witsoe on August 14 and 15 at Surf Beach on Akun Island.

    Island Sentinels in the Pribilof and Aleutian Islands have recorded two recent sightings of ribbon seals (Iglagayan in Unangam Tunuu or Aleut) in the Beringwatch database. Akutan Sentinel Mike Witsoe on August 14 and 15 […]