17Giant bird spotted in Alaska
- Dec 26, 2002
Giant bird spotted in Alaska
A giant bird with a reported wingspan of about 14ft has been sighted in Southwest Alaska.
Villagers in Togiak and Manokotak say they have seen a huge bird much bigger than anything they have seen before.
The Anchorage Daily News says a pilot taking passengers to Manokotak last week said he saw the creature.
Scientists aren't sure what to make of the reports of the large raptor-like bird, but biologists familiar with big birds in Alaska say they're sceptical it's that big.
"I'm certainly not aware of anything with a 14-foot wingspan that's been alive for the last 100,000 years," said federal raptor specialist Phil Schemf.
Schemf, other biologists, a village police officer and teachers at the Manokotak School say the sightings could be of a Steller's sea eagle, a species native to northeast Asia and one of the world's largest eagles. It's about 50% bigger than a bald eagle.
Story filed: 12:22 Wednesday 16th October 2002