Scientists are looking to find the answer to that question after discovering 40-plus humpback bodies washed ashore on the country’s East Coast in the last year alone. It is being called an “unusual mortality rate” in comparison to the average of 15 since 2000.
A spokesperson for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Fisheries Greater Atlantic Region, Jennifer Goebel, told Fox News that “not all of these are known to be human-caused mortalities” and that they will be conducting an investigation. Goebel added that 10-to-20 of the whales show signs of being struck by a vessel.
The 42 deaths have occurred all up and down the Eastern Seaboard, with North Carolina the highest with six in 2017. The other states are Massachusetts, Maryland, Maine, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island, and Virginia.
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