Abnormally high number of humpbacks dying off Atlantic coast: report

Abnormally high number of humpbacks dying off Atlantic coast: report

The U.S. National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration Marine Fisheries’ latest report has revealed that humpback whales have been dying in abnormally large numbers along the Atlantic Coast.

The federal agency declared it an unusual mortality event that is called when higher-than-typical number of marine creatures expires for unfamiliar reasons. More details are due on Thursday this week.

Meanwhile a 43-foot-long Sei whale washed up near the North Surf Road beach. It was first spotted in the morning hours on Wednesday. The dead whale’s body was in such a bad state that officials couldn’t identify it right away.

Officials couldn’t determine the cause of the whale’s death. However, some believe that it might have been bit by a fast-moving ship.

A separate juvenile humpback was found dead in the shallow water of the Delaware Bay. It was apparently the fourth stranded whale in Delaware waters so far this year. Four another whales have stranded off the coast of Virginia and last fall there was a stranding off Long Island.