08 Jan '12, 2pm

Seals and Walruses Found Dead in Alaska with Mysterious Sores and Hair Loss: Scientists Baffled

Seals and Walruses Found Dead in Alaska with Mysterious Sores and Hair Loss: Scientists Baffled

North Slope Borough Department of Wildlife Management /via Since mid-July, more than 60 dead and 75 diseased seals have been found with skin lesions and hair loss in the Arctic and Bering Strait regions of Alaska. In addition, scientists with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service reported several diseased and dead walruses in their fall survey this year, and the walruses were also found with skin sores and patchy hair loss. Scientific studies have indicated that a virus is not responsible for the disease impacting these animals, but scientists have been unable to isolate a single cause. Tissue samples from the affected animals have been screened for a variety of pathogens, but all of the results so far have been negative. North Slope Borough Department of Wildlife Management /via NOAA declared mysterious seal deaths "an unusual mortality event" The seal deaths have been decla...

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