After the fate of one-third population of the gray whale in 1999 and 2000, this year they are again falling victim to malnourishment and disease. However, surprisingly, they are not declining in numbers any more, rather growing “sickly skinny”.
Bony shoulder ridges sticking out from what should be smooth and plump with the roundness of healthy blubber, is no unusual sight, especially this year. The number of skinny gray whale seems to be alarmingly rising in their numbers.
Reporting an unusually high number of scrawny whales, the scientists from Mexico to the Pacific Northwest are already alarmed by this prevailing gray whale crisis.
But, what is causing the whales to grow so thin has left the researchers pondering on.
Is it the rising Arctic waters temperatures that killed the whales eight years ago responsible for this crisis?
It is where the whales feed and depend on cocktail-shrimp-size crustaceans. But, with the receding of the Arctic ice, the Bering Sea floor’s fat-rich crustaceans are alarmingly disappearing.
So, it might be the ‘rising sea temperatures’ that is starving the gray whales of their diet, leading to their growing skinny, a road-start to perhaps death.