Publicado por: pongpesca | 2019/04/26

Why Are So Many Gray Whales Washing Up Dead on California’s Coast?

“For a few months twice a year, the waters off California are home to graceful gray whales migrating north or south between the coast of Mexico and the Bering Sea. This year, however, it seems that fewer whales are surviving the journey north.

Two dead gray whales washed up on the shores of Northern California beaches on Tuesday (April 16), which means eight have been found around California’s Bay Area since the beginning of the year; seven in just the past two months. So far this year, a total of 30 dead gray whales have washed up on the West Coast: Eight in Washington, one in Oregon and 21 in California.

Those numbers are unusually high, said Justin Greenman, the California assistant marine mammal coordinator for the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Association (NOAA). “If you just look at historical data for those first four months, we’re at our third highest year-to-date,” Greenman said. [Whale Album: Giants of the Deep]”

 

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Fonte: Live Science, 18 de abril de 2019.


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