Huff Post reports scientists are investigating the increase in dead and dying gray whales washing up on the West Coast this year. At least 58 gray whales have been found stranded along the coast from California to Alaska this year as of Thursday, according to CNN, which added that it marks the highest number of strandings since 2000, when 131 gray whales were found dead. Many of the washed-up whales appear to have starved. A NOAA spokesman said it’s a “mystery” as to why the whales are starving. He suggested that it could have to do with warming waters near Alaska affecting the whales’ food source.

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