5/10 - Climate Change and Alaska Natives, Part 4 - Melting sea ice is expected to stress marine mammals that live on it; Could that be why seals, walrus, and polar bears are getting sick and dying with lesions and fur loss?
By Johanna Eurich
Anchorage, AK – Climate change is expected to cause sea ice to withdraw farther from shore, putting stress on the animals that live on sea ice. When sick seals started showing up in Barrow in 2011, some thought this was the latest evidence of global warming. Johanna Eurich reports that tracking clues behind the ring seal's sickness created an international effort, with Alaska Native hunters working with biologists in a way that may provide a model for responding to future changes in the Arctic.