Alaska SeaLife Center

Posted: Monday, November 27, 2000

Diving birds are back

The diving birds are back in their habitat after a few long days on the outdoor research deck. The puffins and guillemots are paddling around and sharing their habitat with their new neighbors, the red-legged kittiwakes.

The murres were not returned to the habitat because they are being readied for permanent relocation to Europe. They are currently located on the outdoor research deck. These murres are genetically from the Atlantic populations, and plans to relocate them to a more geographically appropriate location have been in the works for some time. In summer of 2001, the center hopes to add the common murres to its diving bird habitat.

Tagged halibut released

On Nov. 20, two halibut from the satellite tagging project at the center were transported and released in Resurrection Bay. The following day, three more were released amidst terrible weather. All five fish swam off with their satellite tags in place. Data will be archived and the tag will pop up to the surface in June and download the information. Two of the tagged halibut will continue to be held at the center and monitored.

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