Tag Archives: Alaska

Big Miracle: A Whale of a Story from Operation Breakthrough

Tomorrow, Big Miracle will open in box offices across the nation, telling the story of the 1988 rescue of three gray whales trapped in the ice near Barrow, Alaska.  Dr. Jim Harvey, MLML Director and professor (and MLML alumnus), played … Continue reading

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How to Find a Dead Whale

by Nate Jones, Vertebrate Ecology Lab STUNNING, isn’t it?     The magnificent power, the grace,  the vigor of truly giant life.  BUT, where do whales go when they die?? And, what about all those seals, sea lions, dolphins … … Continue reading

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Harbor Seals in Alaska: To Flush Or Not to Flush Part 2

by Colleen Young, Vertebrate Ecology Lab In my last post I told you about the findings of my thesis research on the effects of vessels on harbor seals (that cruise ships caused the most disturbance of all vessels), but then … Continue reading

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Fishing for seabirds II

How DO marine ornithologists catch the birds they study?  Sometimes, it’s just like catching fish! Of course, first you’ve got to find the birds.  The oceans are HUGE expanses.  They can be difficult to navigate, and birds can fly literally … Continue reading

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Fishing for sea birds

Everyone knows how you catch a fish:   With a net, or with a pole, right? But, how do marine scientists manage to catch sea birds?  Can’t they just “fly away”? Of course, most species can do just that!  So, how … Continue reading

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Icy Spring Time

It’s early June, and there’s still ice in the Bering Sea!  This year the seasonal ice cover has persisted late into the “spring” time.  Much later than in recent years.  In fact, it hasn’t felt much like springtime here on … Continue reading

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Bering Sea surveys resume

by Nate Jones, Vertebrate Ecology Lab The seasonal ice is breaking up, and it’s time once again for oceanographers to motor out into the Bering Sea to check the vital signs of the rich sub-arctic.  This summer Brian Hoover and … Continue reading

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Photo of the Week: Here’s Looking at – Who?

Counting birds is harder than its sounds when your place of observation is the ocean, not a bird feeder.  This week’s photo features Brian Hoover of the Vertebrate Ecology Lab up in Alaska looking for a clue – to what … Continue reading

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Safety at Sea

by Nate Jones, Vertebrate Ecology Lab (still in the Bering Sea)   … Of course the bad weather I’ve been writing about was nothing compared to what happens on the Bering during the months of February or March, and the Gold … Continue reading

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Into the storm

…Our research cruise on the Gold Rush got off to a bumpy start.  We were delayed in leaving Dutch Harbor after working to attach the acoustic equipment, rig up our nets, and wire our electronic devices into the ship’s circuitry.  … Continue reading

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