Dead, emaciated seabirds dumped on shores of western Alaska

Since last week, residents in the region have reported numerous dead seabirds dumped on the region’s beaches. Various species of seabirds have been dumped on beaches in Holovin, Solomon, Nome, and Little Diomede.

On Monday, August 2, a Nome resident found 15 dead birds on a 7.2-mile stretch of West Nome Beach. The birds included one horned puffin, six waders, seven swifts and one kittiwake.

A spokesman for the authorities confirmed that several of the birds were found dead, and preliminary analysis showed that they were in severely emaciated condition.

The bird carcasses will be sent to the federal U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, which will then send the bodies to the U.S. Geological Survey’s National Wildlife Health Center laboratory in Madison, Wisconsin. There, the birds will be tested for disease or harmful algal biotoxins.

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