Another clue to the decline of The Pacific Ocean as a massive increase in jellyfish due to lack of fish who feed on them
Jellyfish have been a natural part of the Bering Sea ecosystem for decades.
In recent years, their population numbers in the region have dramatically increased.
A research team funded by the National Science Foundation is in Nome to find out what the cause and implications might be.
"There are certain fish that do feed on jellyfish: some of the salmon do, some other fish," said Mary Beth Decker, a research scientist from Yale University.
"But in this part of the world, not this many fish feed on jellyfish."
Decker is part of a three-person research team sailing to Slime Bank in the southern Bering Sea this week, north of the Alaska Peninsula.