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    Anyone else see the dead Murres all over PWS? Anyone know what they are dying from?

    I saw at least 25 dead Murres from Esther back to Whittier this morning.

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    Interesting. I'd give a call to a wildlife bio and at least let them know what you saw. Curious what caused this.

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    This Fall saw a lot of dead Murres out in Bristol Bay too. I seem to recall seeing them die off like this every so often. All along the tide line, could not walk ten feet without seeing a dead one.

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    Saw them all over Zachar Bay on Kodiak earlier this month too.

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    I have see several dead murres on the beach when I walk north of the tractor launch at Anchor Point. I done a google thing and it said they are starving in other areas of the world.
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    Friend saw them in Seward as well. They are having a die off. Eveey once in a while they die off due to lack of food and over population http://www.alaskapublic.org/2015/09/15/murre-die-off-reported-around-kodiak/[/url]
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    Wonder if it is a cyclic thing like the rabbits and the lynx?

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    Too many humpback whales eating all the bait, first we have observed many many humpback near Old Harbor then dead murres all over. Just my observation.
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    My friend who was out with me took a few back to his work.
    He's a duck bio guy.
    Is initial thoughts are starvation.
    Need to get a hold of him and do a follow up.


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    There was an article in one of the newspapers recently, I can't find a link right now but the birds are showing up dead all over. A similar die off happened back in 2013 but they arnt yet certain of the cause for this current die off.
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    Happening in Valdez too. A couple reported in town and one just sitting in the road.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kodiakcombo View Post
    Too many humpback whales eating all the bait, first we have observed many many humpback near Old Harbor then dead murres all over. Just my observation.
    Sure seems to be a lot of whales in AK the last few years. More than I've ever seen, doesn't matter what region either (SE, PWS, Cook Inlet, Kachemak, Etc...). Whales and birds survive off of a lot of the same feed, and just recently there was a large amount of whales that perished in a short time period. Seems like the whale population would see the same kind of population peaks and dips as birds. It could definitely be related....

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    Here's an article in the Seward City news about the Murre die off. 283 dead Murres at the head of the bay beach on Tuesday.

    http://sewardcitynews.com/2015/12/al...re-mini-rehab/

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    I remember one of these die offs back around 2005 in the Seward area (and other areas).
    Found several dead murres on Deep Crk beach the other day. Eagles are eating well.


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    I found some too, There are all the way up here on the Susitna River.
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    From the articles I have read, apparently they can not take off from land because of their leg and body configuration. Just like many birds can not take off from water.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Daveinthebush View Post
    From the articles I have read, apparently they can not take off from land because of their leg and body configuration. Just like many birds can not take off from water.
    http://www.adn.com/article/20151230/...central-alaska
    I read that too, I have been watching them last couple days they are all over out here, Today we have stiff wind 20+ and they seem to be able to pop up off the river without water,Maybe the wind is helping them with lift like airplane . Darnest thing i ever seen.

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    Mysterious whale deaths, red tide, algae blooms now this. We Homo sapiens have been treating the oceans like our own personal toxic waste dumps for years. I hope we have time to get our act together before things get totally messed up.
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