“Unprecedented”: Largest animal on earth found dead on West Coast, “very sick… very emaciated” — TV: Food supply is being “killed off… many sea creatures affected” — Expert: Most whales we’ve been tracking for past two years are not doing well… “I think we’re going to see more of this” (VIDEO)

Friday, November 13, 2015
By Paul Martin

ENENews.com
November 12th, 2015

KVAL, Nov 9, 2015 (emphasis added): The 78-foot long blue whale that washed up on the Oregon Coast is the first in more than a century, researchers from the Oregon State University Marine Mammal Institute said… It’s still unclear how the whale died, but [Bruce Mate from the OSU Marine Mammal Institute] said one clue is it’s size: it weighed less than 100 tons, which is more typical for blue whales. “It eats things that are no longer than 2 inches long: krill. And that’s why this animal is probably on the beach because that’s been in short supply last summer and again this summer,” Mate said.

The Register-Guard, Nov 7, 2015: The massive marine mammal is very rare in Oregon, a state natural resources specialist said. “We don’t usually see blue whales this close in,” said Calum Stevenson, ocean shores specialist with the state Parks and Recreation Department. “They are not even on our radar for Whale Watch because they are so uncommon… The blubber layer was emaciated — 4 inches or less,” compared with up to 12 inches in a healthy blue whale, Stevenson said.

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