Arctic Fox (Alopex lagopus)
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Title: Citrus Oil Spill, St. Paul Island. Arctic Fox scavenges for carcasses (Album)
Alternative Title: (none)
Creator: Sowls, Art/ Flint Paul
Contributor: ALASKA MARITIME NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE
Language: EN - ENGLISH
Rights: (public domain)
Subject: AMNWR, Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge, Bering Sea Unit, Biology, Islands, Research, Coasts, Scenic, Oil Spill, Scavengers, Predation
Abstract: When oiled birds and marine mammals become oiled, their feathers and fur lose the ability to keep dry. As water soakes the animal, cold sets in and they will often go ashore to rest and attempt to get dry and warm. Predators such as foxes, bears,eagles, rats, ravens, jays and magpies will scavenge the carcasses and often become victims of the spill as well. These images were taken in March of 1996 on the north shore of St. Paul Island in the Pribilof Islands of the Bering Sea.
Available: January 31 2005
Issued: January 06 2005
Modified: January 06 2005