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NOAA investigating spate of humpback whale deaths, including two in Maryland waters

NOAA investigating spate of humpback whale deaths, including two in Maryland waters

Biologists are investigating an unusual number of humpback whale deaths along the Atlantic Coast since the beginning of 2016, including six in recent months at the mouth of the Chesapeake Bay or along the Delmarva Peninsula.

In all, 41 dead humpback whales have washed ashore between Maine and North Carolina since January 2016, nearly three times more humpback deaths along that stretch than average.

Two of those dead whales were found in Maryland waters, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration fisheries department.

Scientists suspect the deaths may be occurring because fish the whales feed on have moved somewhere that exposes the humpbacks to...

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