Gray whale deaths on West Coast may be linked to Arctic warmth
Updated : May 17, 2019 09:33 AM IST
Fifty-eight gray whales have been found stranded and dead so far this year in sites stretching from California to Alaska, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).
The latest discovery announced on Wednesday by NOAA was a dead gray whale in Turnagain Arm, a narrow glacier-fed channel off Anchorage where gray whales rarely venture.
The Bering and Chukchi seas have been extraordinarily warm since 2016, with a record or near-record high sea surface temperatures and an unprecedented lack of sea ice.
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