(ORDO NEWS) — Two hundred dead whales have been found on the US coast over the past 7 years. Mammal bodies have not been encountered with such regular frequency before. In general, a whale can live literally forever in nature. When it dies, this is a serious reason to check the composition of ocean water. This is reported by IFLScience.
The mass death of humpback whales in recent years causes serious concern among ecologists. The largest number of corpses was recorded on the coast from Maine to Florida.
In New York 7 years ago, ecologists counted 40 dead humpback whales, in Massachusetts another 35. At the same time, each time it was not a corpse that washed ashore. All representatives of this species of animals were thrown onto the coast and died on it.
After dissecting 90 corpses, ecologists concluded that most of the whales suffered from collisions with ships and fishing gear.
A lot more research needs to be done to find the cause of the mass death. Environmentalists demand to pay attention to this problem. Whales are special animals that are an important part of the world‘s ecosystem.
Theories and assumptions
Some scientists theorize that humpback whales may have died due to the construction of wind farms in New Jersey. At the same time, the Marine Mammal Commission says there is no evidence to support this theory.
An increase in the number of ships in the ocean can also be a probable cause of such a mass death of mammals. Because of this, there were even strikes in New York.
Climate change can also be one of the reasons for the death of mammals. The warming of the water in the ocean makes a comfortable life impossible for whales.
And, of course, microplastics can kill whales. Scientists are investigating all possible theories to stop the extinction of an entire species.
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