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2 More Dead Gray Whales Have Been Found in Alaska, Bringing the Year's Toll to 75 Along the West Coast
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Sunday, 09 June 2019 08:39

Excerpt: "Two more gray whales were found dead this week in Alaska amid the mysterious surge of deaths within the species this year along the US West Coast."

A dead gray whale is inspected Tuesday in Pacifica, California. (photo: Getty Images)
A dead gray whale is inspected Tuesday in Pacifica, California. (photo: Getty Images)


2 More Dead Gray Whales Have Been Found in Alaska, Bringing the Year's Toll to 75 Along the West Coast

By CNN

09 June 19

 

wo more gray whales were found dead this week in Alaska amid the mysterious surge of deaths within the species this year along the US West Coast, CNN affiliate KTUU reports.

That makes seven in Alaska and at least 75 total, in what the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration calls an "unusual mortality event," the station reports.

One of the two found near Kodiak Island in the Gulf of Alaska showed signs of killer whale "predation," KTUU reports.

Two more were discovered this week off Washington state.

Last month, ocean scientists said they were worried about the death rate, the highest in almost two decades. Some of the mammals were underweight, which may mean they could not find enough food in the water, a possible result of climate change, NOAA spokesman Michael Milstein said.

In all of last year, 45 gray whales were found onshore, NOAA said.

Gray whales do most of their eating during summers in the Arctic and migrate to spend half the year in Mexico.

They can reach 90,000 pounds. The species was endangered until 1994.

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+2 # dotlady 2019-06-09 10:42
Isn't the Navy having war games in the NW? They blast with ammo and sonar. What marine life can withstand this wasteful and unnecessary practice? If it isn't underway now it must be stopped.
 
 
+3 # aDog8myH8 2019-06-09 10:50
Maybe their guts are filled with plastic. I hope they’re doing autopsies on some of these whales.
 
 
+1 # crispy 2019-06-09 17:18
I suspected that but apparently starvation is the cause at least in Ca.
 
 
+1 # DongiC 2019-06-10 07:23
Like canaries in the coal mines, dead gray whales may indicate big trouble coming in the oceans. Humans better wake up and fast!