Researchers swarmed by mosquitoes in Alaska

Meet Jesse Krause and Shannan Sweet, two researchers who worked at the Toolik Field Station on the North Slope of Brooks Range in Alaska. The two were studying Arctic climate change and how the change into the spring season would affect the birds migrating to the North Slope. But from the looks of it, the only birds they were able to study were that of the state bird of Alaska: the Mosquito.

Click here to read more on their mosquito encounters in Alaska. Photos from Jesse Krause's Facebook page.

"In Alaska, the mosquito is the state bird, or so the joke goes because of the size and numbers of the bloodsucking insects," shares David Strege in his <a href="https://ec.yimg.com/ec?url=http%3a%2f%2fwww.grindtv.com%2foutdoor%2fnature%2fpost%2fworst-swarm-of-alaskan-mosquitoes-ever%2f%26quot%3b&t=1513640204&sig=rnjf9piKvUXFOFYgm06mYw--~D rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:GrindTV" class="link rapid-noclick-resp"><i>GrindTV</i></a> article on Krause and Sweet. <br><br>And here we thought we had it bad in Canada. Click <a href="http://www.grindtv.com/outdoor/nature/post/worst-swarm-of-alaskan-mosquitoes-ever/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:here" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">here</a> to read more on their mosquito encounters in Alaska.
Alaskan mosquitoes
"In Alaska, the mosquito is the state bird, or so the joke goes because of the size and numbers of the bloodsucking insects," shares David Strege in his GrindTV article on Krause and Sweet.

And here we thought we had it bad in Canada. Click here to read more on their mosquito encounters in Alaska.
"The mosquitoes can get so thick hikers have been known to walk while swatting them away with branches from a tree," <a href="https://ec.yimg.com/ec?url=http%3a%2f%2fwww.grindtv.com%2foutdoor%2fnature%2fpost%2fworst-swarm-of-alaskan-mosquitoes-ever%2f%26quot%3b&t=1513640204&sig=rnjf9piKvUXFOFYgm06mYw--~D rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Strege explains" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Strege explains</a>. "They can be extremely annoying.&nbsp;Swarms of mosquitos can be particularly bad on the North Slope of the Brooks Range. How bad? This bad:" <br><br><br>
Alaskan mosquitoes
"The mosquitoes can get so thick hikers have been known to walk while swatting them away with branches from a tree," Strege explains. "They can be extremely annoying. Swarms of mosquitos can be particularly bad on the North Slope of the Brooks Range. How bad? This bad:"


Krause attempts to take notes in a tornado of mosquitos. The two were well armed with meshed head nets, protective clothing and, of course, plenty of mosquito repellent.<br><br>Click <a href="http://www.grindtv.com/outdoor/nature/post/worst-swarm-of-alaskan-mosquitoes-ever/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:here" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">here</a> to read more on their mosquito encounters in Alaska.
Alaskan mosquitoes
Krause attempts to take notes in a tornado of mosquitos. The two were well armed with meshed head nets, protective clothing and, of course, plenty of mosquito repellent.

Click here to read more on their mosquito encounters in Alaska.
As Shannon Sweet sits in a cloud of mosquitoes, we're eerily reminded of the biblical plague of locusts that decended on Egypt following the pharoah's refusal to free the enslaved Israelites.<br><br>&ldquo;The whole horizon is nothing but mosquitoes,&rdquo; Sweet shares in the <a href="http://www.grindtv.com/outdoor/nature/post/worst-swarm-of-alaskan-mosquitoes-ever/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:GrindTV" class="link rapid-noclick-resp"><i>GrindTV</i></a> atricle.
Alaskan mosquitoes
As Shannon Sweet sits in a cloud of mosquitoes, we're eerily reminded of the biblical plague of locusts that decended on Egypt following the pharoah's refusal to free the enslaved Israelites.

“The whole horizon is nothing but mosquitoes,” Sweet shares in the GrindTV atricle.
Krause remians optimistic with a thumbs up, despite the never-ending fog of annoying blood-suckers.<br><br>Click <a href="http://www.grindtv.com/outdoor/nature/post/worst-swarm-of-alaskan-mosquitoes-ever/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:here" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">here</a> to read more on their mosquito encounters in Alaska.
Alaskan mosquitoes
Krause remians optimistic with a thumbs up, despite the never-ending fog of annoying blood-suckers.

Click here to read more on their mosquito encounters in Alaska.
Shannon Sweet's leg, completely covered with mosquitoes. <br><br>Click <a href="http://www.grindtv.com/outdoor/nature/post/worst-swarm-of-alaskan-mosquitoes-ever/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:here" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">here</a> to read more on their mosquito encounters in Alaska.
Alaskan mosquitoes
Shannon Sweet's leg, completely covered with mosquitoes.

Click here to read more on their mosquito encounters in Alaska.
It's a little tough to see, but Shannon is definitely smiling under her protective meshed head net.<br><br>Click <a href="http://www.grindtv.com/outdoor/nature/post/worst-swarm-of-alaskan-mosquitoes-ever/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:here" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">here</a> to read more on their mosquito encounters in Alaska.
Alaskan mosquitoes
It's a little tough to see, but Shannon is definitely smiling under her protective meshed head net.

Click here to read more on their mosquito encounters in Alaska.
A silhouette of Shannon, standing against the sun, still completely surrounded by mosquitoes.<br><br>Click <a href="http://www.grindtv.com/outdoor/nature/post/worst-swarm-of-alaskan-mosquitoes-ever/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:here" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">here</a> to read more on their mosquito encounters in Alaska.
Alaskan mosquitoes
A silhouette of Shannon, standing against the sun, still completely surrounded by mosquitoes.

Click here to read more on their mosquito encounters in Alaska.

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