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New or Unusual Species

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Research cruises by the Alaska Fisheries Science Center occasionally encounter rare fish, marine mammal, and invertebrate species. Documentation or capture of these species provides a unique opportunity to increase our knowledge of their morpholology, distribution, and habitat.  Many of these occurrences are presumably associated with the unusually warm oceanographic conditions in the North Pacific Ocean and the Gulf of Alaska. The links below lead to information on some of the new or unusual species documented by AFSC scientists.


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