The true number of whales dolphins porpoises and birds which have died in the Atlantic in the first quarter of 2019 is unprecedented


For more than two years, scientists have been working to figure out the underlying cause of a so-called “unusual mortality event. From January 2016 to mid-February 2019, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) recorded 88 humpback whale strandings with New York, Virginia, and Massachusetts at the top of the list. Those numbers are more than double the number that of whales stranded between 2013 and 2016.

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