Scientists are concerned about the deaths of 30 large whales in Alaska and the cause is being pointed towards higher ocean temperatures from California through to Alaska.
Michael Harris, Executive Director of the Pacific Whale Watchers Association says poisonous algae in the whales’ food supply could be killing off the large ocean animals.
“When we have massive algae blooms like that, we have forage fish that are transiting and basically becoming toxic. So the food out there for these large whales is becoming poisonous.”
Harris also says climate change is playing a major factor in the increased ocean temperatures, the prevalence of algae and ocean acidification.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration will be conducting necropsies on the dead whales to determine the actual cause of death.