“Something’s clearly going on,” says Sue Moore, an ecologist at the University of Washington who has studied gray whales for decades. “You’ve got a big uptick in the number of animals that we’re seeing dead on the beach.”
Startled by the rapid rise in deaths, Moore and a team of scientists from the US, Mexico, and Canada have begun collating data from decades of past research on the species, Eschrichtius robustus. They’re also collecting and analyzing samples from stranded individuals, tracking booms and busts in the gray whale population, and studying changes in the animal’s feeding habitats, determined to identify what exactly is killing the marine giants.
Read the full article in The Scientist.