ANCHORAGE, Alaska — A second gray whale has been found dead along Alaska’s coast.
NOAA Fisheries biologists on May 9 reported a dead gray whale in Turnagain Arm south of Anchorage.
The agency says it’s monitoring a significant number of gray whale deaths that have occurred this spring along the West Coast.
Nearly 60 gray whales have been reported dead from Mexico to Alaska. Many were skinny and malnourished.
Aided by the Coast Guard, biologists spent more than two hours collecting tissue samples from the 42-foot (12.8-meter) young adult female whale near Cordova.
Veterinarian Kathy Burek-Huntington of Alaska Veterinary Pathology Services says the animal did not appear emaciated.