A hunter who confirmed the significant number of dead seals in the Bering Sea area claims to have never seen such a thing. Click to find out more!
Reports of an Increased Number of Dead Seals Disturbed Village of Kotlik
Harold Okitkun, a local hunter from the village of Kotlik, stated that he has never seen such a high number of dead seals. This phenomena deeply disturbed the tribal council, which took Okitkun on the shore with a camera to document everything. Harold is the environmental director of the tribal council.
Some sixteen miles north of the village, he started seeing the first dead animals along the shore. At the end of last week, NOAA Fisheries stated that they had heard multiple reports of at least sixty dead seals. These reports came from different places along the coast of the Chukchi and the Bering Sea.
As for Okitkun, he counted eighteen dead seals in total. He claims it is a number that he has never heard of, let alone seen by his own eyes in the Kotlik area. He couldn’t even describe how unbelievable and sad the sight of those poor dead animals was. He added that there are no more than one or maybe two such encounters per year, and this happened in a day, as it seems at this point.
Okitkun also said that most of those seals looked very undernourished. These recent dead animals findings are worrying people in Kotlik. They rely on seals as well some other sea-life as a primary source of food.
Of course, since this issue raised some eyebrows, new questions of what is happening in the ocean popped up.
Meanwhile, NOAA Fisheries is well-aware of numerous sightings in the area. This includes Kotzebue, Point Hope, St. Lawrence Island, and Kivalina. This agency doesn’t have the answers to the causes of this situation, but the investigation will follow. In the meantime, NOAA Fisheries have some assumptions; such as lack of sea ice, to algal blooms which can be harmful, as some potential factors. We expect more information on this issue once a team collects some samples.