Seven hundred thousand dollars. It’s not a lot of money when it comes to figuring out why Cook Inlet belugas are disappearing, but it would be a lot of money to waste.
That’s the situation the Kenai Peninsula Borough finds itself in with $699,300 approved in the fiscal year 2010 federal budget. The borough is in the early stages of deciding how to put the money to use within the guidelines required, after being surprised to hear about the grant in the first place.
Two dead sea otters reportedly washed ashore in Homer this weekend, one a female pup and the other not located before the tide carried it away.
Kristin Worman, U.S. Fish and Wildlife unusual mortality event responder, said the baby otter – found below Glacier Boardwalk on the Homer Spit – had suffered no apparent injuries. It measured approximately 18 inches and was under 10 weeks old, she said.