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June 14, 2004

Squid School

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Unalaska, Alaska—Reid Brewer, the new SFOS Marine Advisory Program agent based in Unalaska, knows a teachable moment when one washes ashore. In May, Brewer was alerted to a giant squid that had washed ashore nearby. He, together with a colleague from the Alaska Fisheries Science Center, conducted an informal public education lecture and necropsy of the squid with more than 60 local students, as well as parents and Native leaders in attendance.

A special thanks goes out to the local salmon hatchery where it was packed in ice provided by the Royal Aleutian Hotel and the Community Center.

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