Are changes in Bering Sea ice cover the cause of dead gray whales? - Kodiak Daily Mirror: Switgard Duesterloh

Are changes in Bering Sea ice cover the cause of dead gray whales?

Posted: Wednesday, June 26, 2019 9:15 am

KODIAK — Everybody eats. I thought writing about nutrition would be easy, especially since I have lately spent quite some effort learning more about what foods energize and what foods actually zap us of energy. Hours later, I found myself still staring at a blank page after going down several internet rabbit holes. 

What triggered the idea to write about food was a flyer sent out by the Alaska Regional National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Fisheries Office concerning the stranding of unusually large numbers of gray whales along their migration route from Mexico all the way to the Bering Sea. I also heard that people have been seeing a group of gray whales in Pasagshak very close to the beach; some noted that the whales looked emaciated. Indeed, the one thing all the more than 160 whales found dead along their migratory route had in common was that they seemed malnourished.

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