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Last month marked the hottest, driest July in the Aleutian Islands in 95 years.

The conditions matched the larger trend across Alaska, which experienced below-average rainfall and record-breaking heat.  

While the Lower 48 posted significantly above-average temperatures in July, it was Alaska's warmest month on record since 1925,  according to a report from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

Andy Dietrick / NMFS (NOAA MMHSRP Permit # 18786-03)

Unalaskans helped to free a humpback whale last weekend after it was caught in fishing lines and buoys in Unalaska Bay.

A responder with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) led the disentanglement team, which included local port officials, NOAA officers, and residents like Andy Dietrick and Dan and Sue Magone.

KUCB's Laura Kraegel spoke with John Moran about his team's 12-hour response that spanned two days.

If you see a marine mammal in distress, report the sighting to the Marine Mammal Stranding Network at 1-877-925-7773.

Berett Wilber/KUCB

Unalaska's Wildlife Trooper post is shrinking once again.

This summer, the state is cutting a public safety technician, reducing the island's once-large posting to a one-man operation.

"Dutch Harbor used to have three troopers, a sergeant ..."

Damian Lopez Plancarte is currently one-half of the Wildlife Trooper post in Unalaska — a post that used to encompass a lot more than two men.

"Like, five boat people and two administrative people were here," he says. "That was back during the crab derby days."

Scientists Find New Clue In Steller Sea Lion Decline

Aug 23, 2017
NOAA

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.

NOAA biologist Katie Sweeney is trying to solve the mystery of two sea lion stocks.

Berett Wilber/KUCB

 

On a sunny Tuesday night, about a dozen people are gathered on a dock. They’re practicing the skills needed to free a stranded whale.

Ed Lyman is up from Hawaii to lead the course. He has a lot of experience freeing entangled whales. He’s in town for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) — working to build Unalaska’s response team.

“Here we are in Dutch Harbor, fishermen galore, capital of fishing, in many ways in the U.S.,” Lyman said. “So you have a lot of skill sets there already. But having to cut free a 40 ton whale is unique.”

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