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fenders and other marine debris that had been washed ashore.
They found trash scattered right along the beach and among
it bizarre discoveries like a whole bale of plastic packing straps
and hummingbird feeders and fly-swatters, apparently from a
lost shipment that must have been washed off a freighter. All the
rubbish was packaged up and shipped out for safe disposal in an
Alaskan landfill site well away from the National Park.
"Even though a lot of it could have been recycled, it was simply
moved to a big pile in a better place," Dr Safina said.
I wondered whether that exercise had restored the beach to
its pristine condition.
"Pristine is a word I kept hearing," he said, "but I really don't
think there's too much in the world that is in fact truly pristine
any more. The beach certainly looked better after the clean-up,
but if you looked carefully you saw pieces of plastic here and
there that the clean-up team had missed. They were not eyesores
or hazardous to wildlife, but still the rubbish remained.
"This place was hit by oil spilled from the tanker Exxon Valdez
more than two decades ago. Under some of the logs you can still
smell oil. If you poke in some places you can still find the oil
itself. That's why the word pristine cannot apply."
On the other hand, he said, it was really wonderful to see
how much life is still functioning there. At sea the expedition
members had thrilling close encounters with Humpback and
Fin whales, killer whales and sea otters, while ashore at Katmai
they had the heart-stopping privilege of watching a huge Brown
Bear and her three cubs saunter past apparently unconcerned
by their presence just metres away.
"I wish the people of Alaska could understand that their state
is a very, very special last refuge for many of these creatures," Dr
Safina said. "Alaska has the largest salmon runs on Earth and
Katmai National Park has the greatest concentration of Brown
(Grizzly) Bears on the planet. But formerly, the greatest salmon
runs originated in the vast Columbia River watershed that meets
the Pacific on the Oregon-Washington coast.
"Dams and logging and over-fishing utterly ruined those
populations. Alaska has what's left. It's still strong, but it's
vulnerable. As for the Brown Bear, it's not really a mountain
animal. It is a creature of lowlands but they've now been driven
off almost their entire range. Alaska has become a last refuge
for them. The same thing applies with wolves.
"They have been virtually erased from the lower 48 states
and in Alaska they actually shoot wolves from helicopters. Folks
up there have yet to learn how extraordinarily important that
Dr Safina said the purpose of The Gyre Expedition was "the
bear witness, to witness bears and to talk trash."
"We went to see and to respond to what was there," he said.
"The science part of it was to describe what we found. Odile
Madden from the Smithsonian Institution, brought two pieces
of equipment, one using lasers and the other using x-rays, to
Among the bizarre trash were a whole bale of plastic packing
straps and hummingbird feeders and fly-swatters, apparently from
a lost shipment that must have been washed off a freighter.
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