|RT | Apr 27, 2017|
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On Wednesday, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Marine Fisheries issued a press release, declaring an “unusual mortality event” when an abnormally high number of marine mammals were found dead for unknown reasons. There have been 62 such events designated since 1991, when the program was established.
we just found a dead whale next ti the dock at port mahon in dover, delaware @wbocpic.twitter.com/ga8ILmIyfM— damn (@Josh_TresSiete) April 23, 2017
Forty-one humpback whales have been found dead from Maine to North Carolina since 2016, NOAA reports.
NOAA has called for an investigation into the cause of the whale deaths and will hold a teleconference on Thursday to provide the latest information and outline the next steps.
Jaws attacks: Great white shark chows down on carcass of humpback whale (VIDEO) https://t.co/hTCdmZRCE0pic.twitter.com/WHHVmY3wHa— RT (@RT_com) April 25, 2017
Suzanne Thurman, executive director of the Marine Education, Research and Rehabilitation Institute, told the News Journal, part of USA Today’s network, that they have not been able to study the whale due to weather conditions. However, she said the whale appears to be a juvenile humpback.
MEDIA: Join our press call tomorrow for details on a new unusual mortality event involving #humpback whales. https://t.co/EWyT2epgJzpic.twitter.com/EXZN2LpjFC— NOAA Fish media team (@NOAAFishMedia) April 26, 2017
On Wednesday, a 43-foot Sei whale washed ashore in Toms River, New Jersey. The whale was reported to be in a “deteriorated state from being gnawed at by sharks and rough seas overnight,” according to WPIX.
Dead whale washes up on the shore in Toms River. #Jerseyshore#BREAKING#abc7nypic.twitter.com/HYn7xi7Ebx— Darla Miles (@DarlaMiles7) April 26, 2017
The whale was likely hit by a ship, Bosworth said, as the injuries were “consistent with a vessel strike.”
Whale beached on Beach 118th St in Rockaway Park (video: Robert Maggio) pic.twitter.com/X9WFWtNlvL— Frank H Jump (@FadingAd) April 4, 2017
The majority of humpback whale populations were removed from the endangered species list in September as conservation efforts saw their populations grow over the last 40 years.