July 22, 2020

‘The Blob’ video spotlights marine heatwave and seabird die-off

About 62,000 dead or dying common murres, the trophically dominant fish-eating seabird of the North Pacific, washed ashore between summer 2015 and spring 2016 on beaches from California to Alaska. A team of United States Geological Survey scientists have been researching and investigating the cause of this die off. The Blob, a short documentary by film artist Ben Collins, captures the heatwave research that has been underway as part of the Gulf Watch Alaska program in Cook Inlet.

Shared with permission from Ben Collins and produced with permission of the U.S. Gelogical Survey, Alaska Science Center, Anchorage.

For more information: https://www.benmcollins.com/blob