Nearly 400 Gray Whales Have Died Off the West Coast Since 2019
Reports of emaciated gray whales have started to come in as the whales arrive at their breeding grounds off of Baja California, Mexico. If the trend continues this will be the third hard year in a row for the North Pacific gray whale population, with hundreds turning up dead in what scientists are calling an unusual mortality event, reports Isaac Schultz for Gizmodo.
According to new research published this week in the journal Marine Ecology Progress Series, the die-off began in January 2019 and as of the paper’s publication, the official death toll stood at 378. The species’ last unusual mortality event occurred around the year 2000 and claimed the lives of some 600 whales, according to Gizmodo.