Science & Environment

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Hope McKenney/KUCB

A storm early Sunday morning in Unalaska recorded high gusts of 120 mph.

The strong winds toppled boats, threw shipping containers into the bay, and even blew the windows out of American President Lines' crane. 

The rapidly developing storm, which moved from the North Pacific and across the Eastern Aleutians, was an intense storm for this time of year, according to climatologist Rick Thoman. 

 

Hope McKenney/KUCB

Two dead whales have washed up on Unalaska's shores in the past week: an adult fin whale — which is the second largest mammal in the world — and a juvenile humpback. 

 

And while local biologists hoped to determine the cause of deaths of both whales, because of COVID-19, they likely won't be able to. 

 

Alistair McCrann

When watching marine mammals by boat:

Bi-Weekly Fishing Report Unalaska Bay/Dutch Harbor Road System August 24, 2020

Regulation reminders:

· The bag limit for Unalaska Bay fresh and saltwaters is 5 salmon per day of which only 2 may be sockeye or 2 may be coho.

· Anglers are reminded that Town Creek (Iliuliuk) and Summer Bay Creek are closed to fish for sockeye year round.

· The saltwaters of Summer’s Bay 250 yards around the mouth of the creek and Summer Bay Lake will be closing August 16.

Brianna McGrath

A Steller sea lion in poor health was sighted at Morris Cove in Unalaska over the weekend, prompting biologists to observe the adult male until it died early in the week. 

"It's really unusual to have sea lions hauling out on the soft sanded beaches," said Melissa Good, a marine advisory agent with Alaska Sea Grant. "We often see them hauled out on the marker buoys or on some of the rocky points where they have rookeries or haul out areas. But we very rarely see them hauled out on a beach, especially here near town."

 

 

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