Nearly six tons of marine debris collected from a remote island were offloaded in Ketchikan last week.
Samples from the dead sea lion were shipped off island to the state pathologist, who will do a full workup
Scientists have finished another research season without solving the 40-year-old mystery of the Steller sea lion decline in the Aleutian Islands. But this summer, a team from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration may have found a new clue.
Reliable food sources are more important to Steller sea lions than abundant prey.
Bogged down with nearly half a million pictures, scientists are turning to the public for help. They’re asking citizen scientists to click through pictures and indicate if they see Steller sea lions.
The farther west you go, the worse it looks for Alaska’s Steller sea lions. At the end of the Aleutian chain, the population is dropping about 7 percent a year.