NOAA Declares Whale Deaths an ‘Unusual Mortality Event’

Experts from the Working Group on Marine Mammal Unusual Mortality Events, determined that the high number of large whale strandings in the western Gulf of Alaska met the criteria for focused resources and research and recommended the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) declaration.
The rigorous, collaborative investigation into these deaths will continue to involve scientists from NOAA and partner organisations, as well as members of the Alaska Marine Mammal Stranding Network. These kinds of investigations generally require months, or sometimes even years, of data collection and analysis, depending on the nature and duration of the event.

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