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USSo Many Dead Whales Are Washing Up On The West Coast That NOAA Is Pleading For Help

20:06  22 june  2019
20:06  22 june  2019 Source:   huffingtonpost.com

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So far 30 of the dead or dying whales have washed up on the coast of Washington state, with another 37 in California and three in Oregon. The whales that have washed up so far are considered to be just a fraction of the death toll, as many of the animals decompose at sea or end up on remote

Scientists believe most of the massive animals are starving to death and speculate that it ’s because food sources are vanishing in the dramatically warmer waters Content loading Local organizations have struggled to dispose of 70 dead gray whales that have washed up along America’s West Coast .

Local organizations have struggled to dispose of 70 dead gray whales that have washed up along America’s West Coast. Now, a federal agency is turning to private property owners for help.

The tragic die-off is the highest in 20 years. Scientists believe most of the massive animals are starving to death and speculate that it’s because food sources are vanishing in the dramatically warmer waters triggered by climate change.

Officials from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration are asking landowners to volunteer space to simply allow the mammals to decompose over time.

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So many gray whales are dying off the U.S. West Coast that scientists and volunteers dealing with the putrid carcasses have nowhere to let them decay. The number of dead whales washing ashore in Washington state alone — 29 as of this week — means almost every isolated public beach has been

— So many gray whales are washing up on the U.S. West Coast that the federal agency that deals with the rotting carcasses is running out of places to put them while they decompose. NOAA Fisheries is asking those with private, isolated beachfront property to “host” a rotting whale because space is

Authorities are pitching it as a way to support the natural marine process and provide food for birds and other scavengers. But it can take months for the 40-ton carcasses to break down and the smell can be overwhelming.

A Washington couple is currently hosting the emaciated carcass of a 40-foot male gray whale on their waterfront property. The beast was towed earlier this month by marine stranding responders away from beachfront homes and to the space owned by Mario Rivera and Stefanie Worwag, a veterinarian that participated in the necropsy of the whale. The couple volunteers at the local Port Townsend Marine Science Center .

The smell is “ not too bad ,” Rivera told the NOAA in a story posted on its website. “How many opportunities do you get to watch something like this happen right out in front of you?”

Washington state landowners are asked to take dead whales

Washington state landowners are asked to take dead whales Without any more space to store the gray whale carcasses washing ashore in Washington state, a federal agency is asking if landowners can lend their properties as a final resting place for the marine mammals while they decompose. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Fisheries is asking for volunteers to use their land as a disposal site for the carcasses, which can measure up to 40 feet long. By doing so, they would be supporting the natural process of the marine environment, officials said.

— So many gray whales are dying off the U.S. West Coast that scientists and volunteers dealing with the Experts estimate the washed - up whales represent just 10 percent of the total number of the dead , with the “There’s such sadness in them just washing up on the shores and seeing these big

Dead whales are washing up on the West coast in numbers not seen in 20 y Scientists don’t yet know why so many of the gray whales are starving, though there are several theories. A leading one is that the whales ’ food supply in Alaska last year was diminished by weather patterns, either because

So far 30 of the dead or dying whales have washed up on the coast of Washington state, with another 37 in California and three in Oregon .

NOAA has declared the deaths an “ Unusual Mortality Event ” as part of a process to focus more resources into a proper investigation. Officials expect many more whales to die in the coming months.

The whales that have washed up so far are considered to be just a fraction of the death toll, as many of the animals decompose at sea or end up on remote rock outcroppings or small islands.

Gray whales spend the summer in the northern Bering and Chukchi Seas, where they consume nearly a year’s worth of nourishment so they can migrate south to Mexico for the winter. Sea ice has been at or near record lows off Alaska, with rising temperatures likely impacting the population of amphipods crustaceans that are the whales’ primary source of food, according to NOAA.

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So many gray whales are dying off the U.S. West Coast that scientists and volunteers dealing with the putrid carcasses have nowhere to let them decay. The number of dead whales washing ashore in Washington state alone — 29 as of this week — means almost every isolated public beach has been

— So many gray whales are washing up on the U.S. West Coast that the federal agency that deals with the rotting carcasses is running out of places to put them while they decompose. NOAA Fisheries is asking those with private, isolated beachfront property to “host” a rotting whale because space is

The emaciated whales, now migrating north, are likely showing the impact of poor feeding last summer , according to officials.

The last big die-off in 1999-2000 was linked to an El Niño ocean warming event.

Once common throughout the Northern Hemisphere, gray whales now only exist in the North Pacific Ocean. There are about 27,000 in the Eastern North Pacific population along the West Coast.

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