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With floating ice sparse in the Chukchi Sea, an estimated 35,000 walruses were found crowded onto a beach near the Northwest Alaska village of Point Lay, according to federal biologists.

Scientists say gatherings of thousands of walruses on northwestern Alaska shorelines, like the congregation of 35,000 animals spotted this weekend near the village of Point Lay, are a relatively new phenomenon that could be risky to the big marine mammals.Yereth Rosen
With floating ice sparse in the Chukchi Sea, an estimated 35,000 walruses were found crowded onto a beach Saturday near the Northwest Alaska village of Point Lay, according to federal biologists. Yereth Rosen
As the state’s work on the Susitna River mega-dam continues, a new private proposal has surfaced for a smaller dam on the nearby Talkeetna River, loved for its salmon and rapids.Zaz Hollander
Kenai Peninsula residents say hundreds of dead jellyfish have washed ashore in recent weeks. But biologists say the die-off is a normal part of the jellyfish life cycle.Megan Edge
A meeting in Bethel over the weekend looked to get ahead of the science and policy involved in the state's proposed 2016 adoption of new escapement goals for the Kuskokwim.Lisa Demer
As Alaska Natives increasingly move from eating traditional, natural foods to processed foods, rates of diabetes and obesity have soared.Yereth Rosen
A Friday earthquake centered about 24 miles southeast of Talkeetna occurred at 7:53 p.m. and followed on the heels of a 6.24-magnitude quake that struck Thursday morning about 60 miles southwest of Talkeetna. But Friday's shake wasn't a true aftershock, the state seismologist says. Tegan Hanlon
Two seals recently harvested near Gambell in the Bering Sea were coated in a dark, oily substance, thought by hunters to be oil. But testing by the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation has not confirmed that.Jenn Ruckel | KNOM

A Magnitude 6.24 quake struck near Talkeetna Thursday morning, rattling nerves -- and walls -- across Southcentral Alaska.

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