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12 The Julian News Questions & Answers About Our Environment Dear EarthTalk: Do scientists have any idea why so many whales are dying in the Gulf of Alaska lately? -- Michelle DiCostanzo, New York, NY Over the past four months, 33 large whales have been reported dead in the Western Gulf of Alaska, which encompasses the areas around Kodiak Island, Afognak Island, Chirikof Island, the Semidi Islands and the southern shoreline of the Alaska Peninsula. The significant die- off of whales has been declared an Unusual Mortality Event (UME) by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), marking the first large whale UME ever in Alaska. The majority of the deceased humpback, fin and gray whales have, been found moderately to severely decomposed and scientists have only been able to obtain samples thus far from one fin whale. Alaskan citizens have been instructed to call the Alaska Marine Mammal Stranding Network hotline immediately if a stranded or dead whale is spotted to ensure the fastest response possible by trained experts. "Large whale UMEs are the most difficult UMEs to deal with, principally because the animals are floating and rarely beached and we have a difficult time getting to the carcasses to actually examine them," says Dr. Ted Rowles, Coordinator of the NOAA Fisheries Marine Mammal Health and Stranding Program. "The most critical thing for this UME, given it is large whales, is our ability to get to the animals, document them, and if possible perform sample collections either at sea or on the beach if they are stranded. It is critical that the public and mariners report large whale mortalities or animals that they see in distress as soon as possible so that the Network can either document, access or track the carcasses." Exposure to harmful algae blooms (HAB) is NOAA's leading theory for the cause of the surge in whale deaths. While the organization has collected some disparate samples of phytoplankton in the Gulf of Alaska that they determined could possibly produce biotoxins, there is no conclusive data currently associating the whale deaths to HAB, and the fin whale sample tested negative for HAB October 7, 2015 biotoxins, and the preliminary results, Lsk Pastor Rick of thisSupreme Court case." [Psalm 8:5; Hebrews 2:7]. But "Even though the one sample did not suggest any unusual Source: The Washington Post, that will not always be the case. we tested was negative, it exposure to manmade radiation, summarized by Pastor Rick The apostle Paul said that the was not the most appropriate As the investigation continues, Ask PasterRick redeemed will be superior to sample to collect and test for NOAA will be publishing Doesthe Bible regardmanandangels in eternity [1 Corinthians biotoxins. We can't rule it out updated information pertaining animals as equals? 6:3]. The Bible assigns no such based on the results we have to the UME on their website as it No, the Bible does not teach authority to animals. right now," Rowles adds. "It's my becomes available; however, the that. It does, however, speak of Rick Hill is the Senior Pastor at Hillside Church on 3rd and C Streets understanding that sea surface investigation could take months things that we have in common inJulian, CA. Direct all questions and water and air temperatures in or even years to complete, such as death [Ecclesiastes correspondence to: hccpastorrick@ the Gulf of Alaska have been "It takes a fair amount of time 3:19]. The testimony of Scripture or Hillside Church, high, and that always concerns to pull data together even if is that man is far more important Religion In The News, Box 973, us because that means there's the event is over, and a lot of than animals. Julian, CA, 92036. (Opinions in this column do not necessarily express probably a change in overall deliberation and analyses have According to the Bible, man the views of Julian News, its editor, pathogen exposure--possibly to happen in order to determine was given dominion [authority] or employees.) HABs and other factors." what's going on," Rowles added, over the animal kingdom -- Claims that the UME is linked "It could be quite a period of birds, fish, beasts ofthefield, etc. * * * to the Fukushima nuclear time before we actually have an hi The News Furthermore, man was created But friendship is precious, not only reactor meltdown or the Navy- answer, if indeed we end up with in God's image and possesses in the shade, but in the sunshine led "Northern Edge" military a definitive answer for this UME." a "living soul," which is never of life, and thanks to a benevolent training exercises conducted in CONTACT NOAA Fisheries, said of animals [Genesis 1]. Both arrangement the greater part ofl~e the Gulf of Alaska this past June, the psalmist and the author of is sunshine. have been dismissed due to EarthTalk is produced by Hebrews indicate that man is --]TtomasEefferson lack of evidence. Muscle tissue Doug Moss & Roddy Scheer and Promises Not only a little lower than angels * * * is a registered trademark of Earth from the fin whale sampled was Action Network Inc. View past TO Revoke Tax- Julian sent to the University of Alaska columns at: Or Nestled on hillside with panoramic views, this custom 3br/3ba, 2835 sf Fairbanks for cesium analysis, e-mail US your question: earthtalk@ Exam --"pT Status home on 5 acres boasts absolute quality through-out! Tumbled Travertine uT^" ~,,,g"o"e-es & antique pine flooring, 3 zoned HVACs, cement fire proof siding & 50 year architectural roofing. Custom Kitchen, top of the line SS appliances That Oppose including 6 burner Jenn-Air Cooktop Gay Marriage &MLs#1hand50036294chiseled granite counters. 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