Obama administration officials at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration describe the deaths as "mysterious" and are looking for ways to blame global warming.
From the Hill:
Since May, NOAA said 11 fin whales, 14 humpback whales, one gray whale and four unidentified cetaceans have been found stranded around the islands of the western Gulf of Alaska and the southern shoreline of the Alaska Peninsula.
“While we do not yet know the cause of these strandings, our investigations will give us important information on the health of whales and the ecosystems where they live,” said Teri Rowles, coordinator of NOAA Fisheries's Marine Mammal Health and Stranding Response program.
“Members of the public can greatly assist the investigation by immediately reporting any sightings of dead whales or distressed live animals they discover."
Alaskan researchers say it’s rare for more than one such death to be discovered every year, The Washington Post reported in early June.
Some wondered whether warming ocean temperatures could be to blame.
The Alaska News Dispatch reported in June that sea-surface temperatures in the Gulf of Alaska were running 0.9 to 3.6 degrees above average.Now stop right there. Just stop it. If these government scientists have a 2.7 degree disparity in their measurements ("0.9 to 3.6 degrees above average") then how can we trust them to get global temperatures accurate to the hundredth of a degree, which is what they say every time they spit out "warmest year" pronouncements.
I am sick of the propaganda.
Eliminate the EPA (states can handle it) and the NOAA. No more funding of horse manure.