Rise in Minke Whale Strandings Sparks Concern
February 17, 2018
Mount Desert Islander: The number of minke whales found by stranding networks between Maine and South Carolina in 2017 was more than twice the normal average, prompting the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to declare an unusual mortality event (UME) for the species.
The declaration is in response to information collected from Jan. 2017 to Jan. 2018. NOAA coordinates a network of stranding-response organizations; Allied Whale at College of the Atlantic is a member of the network. Stranding-response groups responded to 29 minke whale strandings during the year, more than double than the average 12 strandings per year.