Why Are so Many Gray Whales Washing up Dead in California?

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POINT REYES STATION, CALIFORNIA - MAY 25: Barbie Halaska, (C) necropsy manager with The Marine Mammal Center, talks to beachgoers about a dead juvenile Gray Whale on Limantour Beach at Point Reyes National Seashore in Point Reyes Station, California. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Federal scientists say they will investigate why an unusual number of gray whales are washing up dead on West Coast beaches. About 70 whales have been found dead so far this year on the coasts of California, Oregon, Washington and Alaska, the most since 2000. In the Bay Area alone, at least 13 dead whales have washed ashore. We’ll talk with the Marine Mammal Center's Bill Keener about what’s going on and why it's happening.


Bill Keener, The Marine Mammal Center