Sofia Stuart-Rasi, KUCB - Unalaska

Sofia Stuart-Rasi, KUCB - Unalaska
a whale

Biologists describe freeing Unalaska whale from ‘life-threatening entanglement’

After a young humpback whale was found entangled in Iliuliuk Bay, experts carefully cut the line wrapped around its mouth and tail Friday.
a whale

A humpback whale is free after days-long entanglement in Unalaska’s Iliuliuk Bay

A team of state and federal officials were able to free the whale Friday morning.
a balloon

Feds investigate ‘large balloon’ found by fishermen near Alaska’s Aleutian chain

The Department of Defense declined to discuss the origin or purpose of the balloon, which was brought to Dutch Harbor then flown to Anchorage.
museum workers

Researchers say Unangax knowledge can help solve the mystery of Unalaska’s ancient bear bones

There are no bears today on Unalaska and Amaknak Islands, where the bones were found, and no historical records of bears ever living there.
a volcano

Unalaska under air quality advisory for Shishaldin volcano ashfall

State officials say winds are pushing ash plumes southwest from the volcano on Unimak Island, with an advisory in effect until 11 p.m. Thursday.
a bus

Classes start at Unalaska’s new Head Start facility with a focus on Unangax culture

Unalaska’s Head Start is run by the Aleutian Pribilof Islands Association, a regional, nonprofit tribal organization.
Shishaldin Volcano

Shishaldin volcano in Eastern Aleutians increases activity, draws monitoring

Shishaldin is one of the most active volcanoes in the Aleutians — it’s had nearly 30 eruptions since 1824.
Dungeness crab

Crab pots ‘absolutely stuffed’ as Bering Sea Dungeness fishery breaks records

While many Bering Sea crab populations find themselves in freefall, Dungeness crab is breaking records in regions that used to hardly see them.
a gathering

Japanese military training cruise makes Unalaska port call

Last week marks the third time Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force ships have visited Unalaska since Imperial Japan invaded the Aleutians in World War II.
a NOAA vessel

Deepwater mapping reveals gas seeps in Aleutian Trench

The Okeanos Explorer docked in Unalaska last month, after finishing its first of six expeditions mapping deep seafloor around the Aleutian Islands.
Tanner crab

Record-low quota caught as Bering Sea Tanner crab season wraps up

Crabbers caught the record-low quota of 2 million pounds just before the end of March.

The Bering Sea’s smallest organisms are losing fat, putting larger predators at risk

Large, high-fat copepods — distantly related to shrimp and crab — are dwindling with the lack of sea ice from global warming.
Tanaga Volcano

2 Aleutian volcanoes on watch for potential eruption

Tanaga Island west of Adak, home to Tanaga and Takawangha volcanoes, began showing increasing earthquake activity March 4.