Thirty large whales have died in the western Gulf of Alaska since May, an unusually high number for the region, and scientists aren’t sure what’s causing the die-off.

The number of large whale strandings is almost three times the historical average for the region, which is 8, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)

In total, 11 fin whales, one gray whale, 14 humpback whales and four unidentified cetaceans have been found stranded on islands around the southern shore of the Alaska Peninsula and the western Gulf of Alaska, NOAA said Read more…

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30 whales have died off the coast of Alaska this year, and we’re not sure why