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Washington State Waterfront Landowners Get An Exceptional Request: Take in Dead Whales



The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration asking vandhusejendomme to allow their land for the decomposition of dead gray whales.

  Over 200 dead dolphins were found from Louisiana to Florida. That's triple the usual number, says NOAA

Mario Rivera and Stefanie Wörwag from Port Townsend, Washington, has already said yes to the offer, which allows officials to observe the natural processes in the marine environment. Skeletons left after degradation are used for educational purposes, NOAA said.

About 30 gray whales have stranded in Washington so far this year, most in about two decades, according to NOAA.

The whales are mostly found near the inner waters of Puget Sound and the Salish Sea, which reduces the amount of space that mammals must decompose naturally, officials said.

NOAA said it is working closely with local, state and other federal agencies to identify suitable sites for degradation, but seek additional opportunities for an increase in the number of whales found dead. Rivera and Wörwag volunteers to Port Townsend Marine Science Center, which responds to stranded marine mammals.

"It is the primary reason why we did it," said Rivera to NOAA. "How many options do you get to see something like this happening right in front of you?"
  Whales first landed in front of houses north of Port Ludlow, Washington. A stranding response crew pulled it to the spot where it will be left to break down.

It is unclear how long the whale takes to break down – some weighing up to 40 tons.

Now looking NOAA Fisheries other country houses to volunteer their properties to the decomposition experiment, according to a press release from the agency.

On the west coast is more than 70 gray whales become stranded in years, causing NOAA to declare an unusual mortality event. An investigation of their deaths is underway.

Many of whales have appeared malnourished, suggesting that they may not have consumed enough food in their last summer feeding season in the Arctic, according to NOAA.


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