Last year, Jasmine Gil, a young scientist from Bethel who participated, said that the group marginalized her project because it relied on traditional knowledge. Now, the organization is trying to make amends.
“It just drives home this idea of a dynamic, fluid changing planet with a deep, deep history that will just blow your mind,” Self-described paleo nerd Ray Troll said. “You begin to look at this landscape and it almost melts before your eyes.”
The blob is gone now, but warm water remains to the north in the Bering Sea. Scientists are pondering potential effects on fish like pollock, which are processed into things like fish sticks and McDonald’s Filet-O-Fish sandwiches.