Tag Archives: Bering Sea

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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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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Bumpy Bering Sea Summer

Don’t trust that twinkle in Jacques Cousteau’s eye! And, don’t be fooled by the idyllic photo that my friend Amanda M. took at her field site on Palmyra Atoll… I’m here to remind everyone that Marine Science is not always … Continue reading

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Unimak Bliss – A Dizzy Dance of Birds and Whales

by Nate Jones, Vertebrate Ecology Lab (Note:  I last posted about my Alaskan surveys  loooong ago in October, with a post about how stormy it’d been out on the Bering Sea…) 10 June, 2008: Today has been marvelous.  The storm … Continue reading

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