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Using $3,200 of his own money, microbiologist Johan Hultin, then 72, traveled to Brevig Mission to collect buried samples from Alaska Natives who died during the 1918 Spanish flu epidemic that killed an estimated 20-40 million people. Ned Rozell
The world’s most acidic ocean waters are found in the winter in the Bering Sea, according to 40 years of measurements. But its acidification appears to be increasing less quickly than that in the rest of the world’s ocean waters.Yereth Rosen
A giant Pacific octopus named Dot laid thousands of eggs this fall at the Alaska SeaLife Center in Seward, but that means her days are numbered. Megan Edge

New evidence suggests that the wasting disease that has killed off millions of starfish from California to Alaska has been caused by a virus found in sea stars since the 1940s. It's unclear if the illness is part of a natural cycle or if other causes are to blame, but the disease is still spreading.


Alaska Dispatch News
University of Washington oceanographer Jan Newton, who led the collaborative effort, said the information can help shellfish growers make crucial decisions about when and how to grow shellfish.Associated Press

It was naptime for Izzy and Oreo as the Alaska Zoo’s brown bears (approximately 700 pounds each) were sedated as part of a University of Alaska Anchorage study about the eating habits of bears. 

Tara Young

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