NOAA declares deaths of 70 gray whales on US west coast ‘unusual mortality event’ originally appeared on abcnews.go.com

The stranding of 70 gray whales along the United States’ west coast is considered to be an “unusual mortality event” by the the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Fisheries.

Thirty-seven gray whales have washed up in California, including more than a dozen in the San Francisco Bay Area, experts said during a NOAA conference call on Friday afternoon. The whale species have also been beached in Oregon, Washington and Alaska.

Five gray whales have also beached in Canada, according to Michael Milstein, public affairs officer for NOAA Fisheries’ west coast regional office.

(MORE: Another dead gray whale washes ashore in San Francisco Bay Area)

There are currently an estimated 27,000 gray

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