Investigation Begins For Mysterious Whale Deaths In Alaska

Posted: Aug 21 2015, 9:33am CDT | by , in News | Latest Science News

Investigation Begins for Mysterious Whale Deaths In Alaska
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  • Alaskan coast line turns into a Whale cemetery

Over 30 whales found dead for the past months along the coast line of Alaska with cause of their death unknown.

Alaska has seen its coast line become the last place of whales’ lives. Since May 30th, the Alaskan coast line has had a whale die. The people are baffled and scientists have no explanation for these deaths.

30 whales have been found till now. National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration announced the death fest as an "unusual mortality event".

Dr. Teri Rowles is NOAA Fisheries' marine mammal health and stranding response coordinator. He told HuffPost that NOAA Fisheries scientists and partners are very concerned about Alaska whales. Large number of whales stranding in the western Gulf of Alaska in recent months.

Compared to the last years number, only 5 whales died. The death rate this time is not only alarming but worrisome. She added that, they do not yet know the cause of these strandings.

The investigations will give more important information on the health of whales. And also on the ecosystems where they live. She urged the members of the public to assist the investigation.

They should immediately reporting any sightings of dead whales or distressed live animals. Among the 30 dead whales, scientists have only been able to reach one.

The Alaskan coast line is extensive and that’s why getting there in time has become an issue. Till now 11 fin whales, 14 humpback whales, one gray whale, and four unidentified cetaceans have been found dead.

Six more dead whales have turned up along the coast of British Columbia as well. Canadian authorities are working closely with NOAA. The bears in the vicinity seems to be happy for getting the food without effort.

Toxic algae bloom is one of the possibilities being considered strongly. It could be caused by warmer water currents from the west. The carcasses have had no evidence of toxin poisoning that is usually found in algal poisoning.

The scientists are concerned about the environmental impact as the responsible fact. The death toll indicates problems in the biosphere. These kind of problems will eventually cause human devastation as well.

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