30 whales dead for unknown reason at the Alaska Coast

WEB DESK: Since May, thirty whales have been found dead for unknown reasons along the Alaska Coast causing the National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration to declare it ‘unusual mortality event’ on Thursday.

It is the first unusual mortality event for Whales in Alaska. NOAA said that it might take months or years before scientist can know for sure what’s causing the deaths.

The death toll includes 11 fin whales, 14 humpback whales, one gray whale, and four unidentified cetaceans, according to the agency. An additional six dead whales have turned up along the coast of British Columbia, and Canadian authorities are working closely with NOAA.

There are theoretical hypothesis by the scientists so far with a toxic algae bloom and radiation from Fukushima is under consideration for possible reason of the deaths.

NOAA asks that anyone who spots a dead whale or a living distressed whale call the Alaska Marine Mammal Stranding Hotline at 877-925-7773, or contact the U.S. Coast Guard on VHF Channel 16.The agency is also asking that the public to not approach or touch the whale.

Source: HuffingtonPost