Alaska SeaLife Center

Posted: Monday, March 12, 2001

Harlequin duck project status

The harlequin ducks are through being doused with oil and the next step in the project is to see how much oil has built up in their livers. All the birds are doing well after the testing. Two birds are in rehabilitation, one due to a foot infection and the other because she cannot stay dry.

They will remain in rehabilitation until the release of the group of harlequins back into the Prince William Sound area. The release date is estimated to be in late March.

Halibut satellite tags still transmitting

The satellite tags on two halibut at the center are still attached and transmitting. These two were part of a larger project and were kept at the center so they could be observed to see how the transmitters affected them.

The fish recently had a problem with body lice, but a fresh water treatment was done to remove the bugs. By adding fresh water, the salinity of the halibut tank is lowered and the lice cannot survive the change. The halibut are doing well and are eating a diet of herring.

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