NOAA Announces Investigation Into Unexplained Whale Deaths
NOAA has classified the individual deaths of 30 whales an "unusual mortality event." Scientists say toxic algae could be to blame.By Evan Thomas | August 23, 2015
Whales in Alaska are dying at an alarmingly odd rate. Thirty individuals have washed up on Alaskan beaches in recent months.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has opened an official investigation and classified the deaths as an “unusual mortality event:” involving unexpected stranding and significant die-off.
Fourteen humpbacks, 11 fin whales, one gray whale and four unidentified whales have died, which NOAA says is three times the annual average rate. What's worse is scientists don’t know why.