At the very least 60 lifeless ice seals have been found alongside the coast of the Bering and Chukchi seas in Alaska, in line with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
The agency stated NOAA Fisheries is investigating studies of “unusually giant numbers” of lifeless ice seals within the area. Ice seals are so named because they reside within the Alaskan Arctic. The species consists of bearded, ringed and noticed seals.
NOAA stated it acquired multiple studies of lifeless ice seals in southwest Norton Sound on Monday, including from a hunter who counted 18 seal carcasses alongside eleven miles of shore and dozens extra on the coast of Stuart Island, Alaska.
NOAA Fisheries is working with its partners in the Alaska Marine Mammal Stranding Network to photograph and carry out necropsies on the animals, NOAA stated in a information release.
A number of the lifeless seals have been reported to have lost hair, NOAA stated. The agency also has acquired reviews that the seals are unusually thin this yr, it stated.
More examination needs to be executed to determine if the hair loss is a part of decomposition or abnormal molting.
Irregular molting symptoms have been current in the 2011-2016 Unusual Mortality Occasion, which impacted at the very least 657 ice seals in northern and western Alaska.
NOAA is asking anyone who encounters a sick or lifeless seal to report it to regional authorities.